Newsletter Winter 2013

A brief appearance on the X-Factor and ladies photographed dancing inside a prehistoric stone circle are two unusual settings for the morris featured in this issue. Ray & Bev Langton describe the work they did in Shropshire schools in the lead-up to The Morris Federation Day of Dance & AGM in Shrewsbury. We’re still receiving reports of further spin-offs. The lead article is a well-researched article by Chloe Metcalfe on the background to the custom of blacking up. While it may dispel some myths and give food for thought, we stress that there is no intention from The Morris Federation to interfere with current practice among many Border sides.

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  • To Black Up Or Not Black Up
  • Paul White’s Diary
  • Sponsorship & Social Networking
  • North-West In The South-West
  • Flagcrackers of Craven 25 Years
  • Chelmsford Morris X-Factored
  • Danscape
  • When Darkness Falls
  • Schools Morris Workshops
  • Thirty Years Young
  • Practice Makes Perfect?
  • Malle’s Beer Quest
  • Children In Need
  • Clogfest
Nov 06
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk - "Considering Morris Dance Costumes as English National Dress" - Chloe Middleton-Metcalfe (LIVE on Zoom)
Nov 07
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Workshop - Whitby Toesday Hornpipe Clog Routine for Beginners/Intermediate (tbc) - Melanie Barber (LIVE on Zoom)
Nov 14
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Talk - "A History of Mumming" - Stephen Rowley (LIVE on Zoom)
Dec 04
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk - "Coconut Dancing – more than just a Lancashire tradition” - Peter Bearon (LIVE on Zoom)
Dec 12
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk - "Straw Bear - 40 Years of Straw & String" - Brian Kell (LIVE on Zoom)
Apr 09
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Joint Morris Organisations' Day of Dance 2022
Sep 24
All day
Morris Federation Day of Dance and AGM 2022

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