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Summary: Vol. 37 Issue 1

Published: January 2018

Table of contents

  • Great Circle Morris meet Sidmouth – by Stefan Reed and Gus Vorhees
  • Modern Kemps Jig? – danced by Hammersmith Morris
  • What a difference forty years makes – Morris Matters interviews Bernie Cherry
  • A Phoenix Emerges – by Barry Goodman 
  • What has been happening to the Morris? – by Roy Dommett
  • The Egg Dance – from ‘Sports and Pastimes’
  • On Learning to Dance and Becoming a Fool – by Ted Purve
  • The Nobska Lights – Cape Cod’s newest Youth Team – by Jan Elliott
  • Sidmouth Dance Displays – by Malcolm Major
  • Morris Matters On Line!
  • The Morris Sighed – by Andy Hilditch


Welcome to 2018; as I write the news is out that the issue of ‘gender’ in the Morris Ring is to be discussed at the March meeting – and the specific of ‘male’ defining the association may be removed from the constitution. It won’t necessarily change anything in the short term but, if the amendment is passed, it may allow some teams to move forward rather than fold. I’ve been looking back through some old copies of the Ring publication “The Morris Dancer” and they make quite interesting reading 40 years on.

I just returned from Whittlesey Straw Bear festival – a lovely day out with a huge range of teams. That is what made me stop and think! I’ve been going along as a spectator to the event for nearly 20 years (admittedly not long in terms of how long it’s been going) and I was struck by how few Molly teams there were! I reckon there were only nine molly teams out of 37 performing teams – I’m sure when I started going there was a much higher proportion of Molly teams. Bizarrely – to me – there were also nine teams dancing Cotswold, closely followed by eight dancing Border. I know several teams dance Border out in winter and Cotswold in summer and that makes some sense to me (a warm kit for winter) but this was teams dancing Cotswold in January! Admittedly one or two of the kits worn by the teams dancing Cotswold looked more like typical border kit……


#Editor: Beth Neill
#Citation: Morris Matters, 37(1),




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