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Kirtlington Morris – History and Dance

This page contains brief details about the video recording; the video (embedded in the page); an abstract for the talk; links to additional resources;  speaker biography and a summary.

Video recording of talk

Recording of a Morris Federation talk on “Kirtlington Morris – History and Dance” held on Zoom on 21 March 2021. The #MorrisFedvideo lasts for 1 hour 56 minutes.



Talk and a workshop by Kirtlington Morris introducing the Kirtlington cotswold morris tradition from Oxfordshire

Programme (times are approximate):

  • Musical introduction – 5 mins
  • Talk – 45 mins
  • Dance Workshop – 45 mins
  • Q&A – 25 mins

The history of Morris at Kirtlington Lamb Ale in the 17th to 19th centuries is outlined by Bob Dunlop.

Paul Davenport describes the reconstruction of the Kirtlington dances in the 1970s.

Tim Radford reflects on the Kirtlington revival.

Nigel Holt talks about the work of Len Berry and Barbara Berry as first squire and first musician of the revived Kirtlington side.


Dillon Browne introduces the steps and figures of the tradition, with a chance to join in and see how these fit into some of the dances – wear comfortable dancing clothes and bring a pair of hankies.

Music by John Leslie, principal musician for ten years, who has played, sung and danced since the 1970s.  John Leslie is busy recording all the Kirtlington tunes as ‘a tune a day’ on Facebook.

Additional resources

Links to related resources:

Speaker biography

John Mayo was the MC and introduced the speakers


  • Title: Kirtlington Morris – History and Dance
  • Speaker: Various
  • Facilitator: Pauline Woods-Wilson
  • Type: talk
  • Date of talk: 21 March 2021
  • Date page published: 1 May 2023

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