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Recording of a Morris Federation talk on “More morris than you can shake a stick (or handkerchief) at” by Michael Heaney held on Zoom on 2 April 2023. The #MorrisFedvideo lasts for 1 hour 5 minutes.
Cecil Sharp rescued morris dancing from potential extinction, as a result of his meeting with William Kimber in Headington in 1899. We now know that it survived in other parts of the country too, but the extent and diversity of the ways in which people might encounter morris dancing in the decade running up to that momentous meeting are much broader than most people realise.
This talk draws on material from Mike’s new book The Ancient English Morris Dance to explore some of these neglected byways.
Mike Heaney has been researching morris dancing for over forty years. He worked with John Forrest to produce Annals of Early Morris in 1991, a listing and analysis of all the then known references to morris dancing in the UK to 1750. More recently he has edited and contributed to a book on the early Oxford collector of morris information, the Oxford antiquary Percy Manning, and also to the book of the 2017 conference organised by EFDSS and the Historical Dance Society, The Histories of the Morris in Britain. His new book The Ancient English Morris Dance brings together the fruits of his research to provide a comprehensive narrative history of morris dancing from its introduction to England in the fifteenth century to today.
- Title: More Morris Than You Can Shake A Stick (or Handkerchief) At!
- Speaker: Michael Heaney
- Facilitator: Pauline Woods-Wilson
- Type: talk
- Date of talk: 2 April 2023
- Date page published: 19 April 2023
- Video edited by: Brian Kelly