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About this issue of "Morris Matters"

Summary: Vol. 36 Issue 1

Published: January 2017

Table of contents

  • Wad some Pow’r the Giftie Gie us . . . .   Long Lankin
  • Blacking Up – a Response Ben Moss
  • Can Blue Men Sing the Whites? – Observations on Black-Faced Morris  George Frampton
  • Banks of Green Willow: an Amazing Commemoration Shirley Dixon
  • InDommettable – the Sidmouth Show Beth Neill
  • There’s No Place Like Colne (part 2) Anthony Barrand
  • Brian Stratford – a contemporary of Roy Dommett as a dancer with Farnborough Morris 1955 and a Swift family link Sue Swift
  • 38th Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival Jane Brice


Welcome to 2017 – what a year so far! 

The big ‘morris’ topic for the past few months has been blacking up – so there are fairly long reflections from two people who have been involved with one of the longstanding molly teams, Seven Champions. Any more comments would be welcomed.

On another trail, in case you haven’t all caught up to this initiative, there is now a The Doc Rowe Archive and Collection page on Facebook – intended to let folks know about all the work being done to get the archive fully catalogued and accessible online.

With nearly sixty years’ worth of collecting to work through, this is a big challenge – there is a crowdfunding appeal to help maintain it at


#Editor: Beth Neill
#Citation: Morris Matters, 36(1),




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