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Published: Summer 1999

Number: 20

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#Editor: Judi Nancarrow
#Citation: Morris Federation Newsletter, Summer 1999,


Well, another bumper edition this time. For those of you who sent articles some time ago, and were beginning to think they would never see the light of day, apologies for the delay in publication. I am not often in the happy position of having too many articles submitted at any one time. However, anything which is sent will eventually find its way onto these pages.

Lots to report this quarter, Janet Dowling begins with news of the New England Festival of Folk Arts which she visited in April in Boston. Followed by Hastings Jack in the Green, and discusses Morris traditions and the development of the dance.
Beth Neill reminds you that there are several vacancies on the committee to be elected at the next AGM, and emphasises that in fact, all committee posts are available for re-election, if there is anyone you would like to propose. A new inclusion in the Members Manual about how to generate a constitution, following enquiries which have been received. More details about the Yearbook, and feedback requested on the new slimline directory. Beth continues with an update on the Nine Daies Wonder, and a report on the Ring ARM meeting held in March. There is also a request to help trace a Musician form “Twyford Morris” from around 1992.

Rhian Collinson reports on the Raglan Workshop held in March, hosted by Ditchling Morris.

Lynn Rogers reports on a Workshop she attended in March, organised by the Morris Ring Archive Group entitled “The Preservation of Modem Archives”

Lynne also includes a Job description for the post of Archive Officer.

Morris in the Media Janet Dowling reports on the latest sightings of Morris and publicity received.
Jethro Anderson discusses May Day, and the “new traditions”, and invites your comments. He also has reminders for you about the AGM, don’t forget to book soon if you have not already done so. Workshop news, two are planned for the Autumn, both on November 20th, one is a Clog Stepping workshop in Kendal hosted by Westmoreland Step and Clog, and the other a Border workshop hosted by Oyster Morris in Canterbury; also planned but not finalised is a Cotswold Foreman’s weekend for November/ December.

William Kimber, 1OOth Anniversary CD to mark the meeting of Cecil Sharp and the Headington Quarry Morris Dancers.

Key Figures in the History of the Morris, this occasional series this time focuses on Russell Wortley, dancer, musician and researcher with special interest in the areas of East Anglia and the Welsh Borders.

Many thanks to our other contributors, Chris Bartram, for the Music Review, Topic Archive Series of the Traditional Music of the British Isles, volumes 9 and 16. Linda Hewing of The Green Velvet Outlaws, for The Radio Experience, and Ray Henderson of Rampant Rooster for his account of their visit to the 4th Bray International Festival of Music and Dance.

Last piece of news, please note my change of address, detailed on the back of this issue, which will be effective from 3rd July 1999.

Wishing you all a great summer

Jude Nancarrow

Table of contents

  • Presidents Prologue
  • Editorial
  • General
  • Notation
  • Events
  • Diary
  • Archive
  • Morris and the Media
  • William Kimber
  • Committee Post-Archive Officer
  • Notice board
  • Key Figures in the History of the Morris
  • Russell Wortley
  • Music Review -Chris Bartram
  • The Radio Experience
  • Rampant Rooster
  • Millennium Morris and the Dome



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