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Rose & Castle Morris

Formed in 1978 and based in Stoke Bruerne between Milton Keynes and Northampton, Rose & Castle Morris is a men’s North West Morris side. Almost all of their dances are traditional and come from the cities and towns of the North West of England. A significant feature of this side is that they dance in traditional English clogs with “irons” fitted to their soles that make a distinctive sound.
They are always looking for new recruits and will be holding a workshop from 10.30am to 12 noon in Stony Stratford on the morning after the Switching On of the Lights (30th November)
For further information, see their web site:

www.rose-castlemorris.org.uk

Queen’s Oak Ladies Morris

Queen’s Oak Ladies Border Morris team was established 32 years ago in Yardley Gobion a village on the Northants/ Bucks border. We dance a mixture of traditional English/ Welsh border dances such as Upton Stick and also several we have created, together with our talented musicians, to celebrate our links with local history e.g. Woodville and Eleanor Cross not forgetting ‘The Frog Dance’ based on the music of the Milton Keynes frog clock! We have recently been to France and danced near Verdun at the invitation of Albert the local mayor. See photo attached.



For further information, see their web site:

www.queensoak.org.uk

The Brackley Morris Men 

 

The Brackley Morris Men have been active in South Northants since at least the 1600s.  Some snippets from our records below:

  • A solid silver communion plate inscribed with the names of seven men, believed to be the morris men, was given to the parish church in Brackley and still exists today.
  • In 1725 and again in 1731 the men are recorded as dancing for Thomas Cartwright of Aynho House for the Whitsun Ale celebrations.
  • 1766. The Squire, having been ‘troublesome’ and ‘insolent’ in playing the fool in Oxford was committed to Bridewell as a vagrant.
  • The men danced in Banbury where the fool was reported by the Oxford Chronicle  as performing  his  ‘witless buffoonery’'
  • 1930s  Dancing dies out in Brackley.
  • 1959    The  dances  were  revived  in  1959  at  Magdalen  School,  Brackley, when  Roger Nicholls,  a  teacher  there,  formed  a  side  from  among  the   boys.  Although  the  connection  with  the  school  has  been  lost  down  the  years,  and  members  of  the  side  now  come  from  all  over  the area,  the  tradition  of  dancing  has  continued  to   the  present  day.
  • “A cultural phenomenon that can survive three centuries…  speaks volumes for the skill and tenacity of successive generations of Brackley men”.  Keith Chandler, Morris Historian
http://www.thebrackleymorrismen.org.uk


Rashiqa

 

 

Rashiqa is a Middle Eastern Dance (belly dance) Troupe based in Wolverton, Milton Keynes. Although specialising in Egyptian dance, we also enjoy performing to Arabic, Lebanese and Turkish music, both traditional and modern.

 

For further information, see their web site: www.rashiqa.co.uk

 

Northampton Morris Men

 

 

Established in 1949, they are based in Northamptonshire. They perform traditional Cotswold Morris dances. They dance to music provided on melodeon and fiddle. They have been dancing in and around the towns and villages of Northamptonshire for over 60 years, dancing at fairs, steam rallies, fetes, fun days and folk festivals.

Royal Oak Morris

 Royal Oak Morris are a mixed side based in the village of Eydon in Northamptonshire. Royal Oak formed as a new side in 1985 to dance at the village fete, although it was later discovered that there was a tradition of Morris in the village. The side mainly dance dances from the Cotswold villages with a particular focus on the village of Badby, our closest village where a traditional Morris team is known to have existed, and whose dances were recorded. For further information, see their web site:

www.royaloakmorris.org.uk

New Moon Morris


New Moon Morris - morris dancing for a new generation! Bright colours, lots of noise and above all fun. Based in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire. Musicians and dancers of both varieties welcome. All shapes and sizes, no experience needed! Contact for more information. Practice nights Tuesday.

For further information, see their facebook page:

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507594012793451/

Stony Steppers

 

 

Formed in 1997 and based in Stony Stratford in Buckinghamshire They dance traditional step clog in a variety of styles, mostly from the north of the British Isles, including steps from Lancashire, Durham, Lakeland and East Fife. Some of the dance steps even originate from America. This traditional form of dancing dates back many years, and was particularly popular in the 19th century in the industrialised North of England and the Music Halls and Variety Theatres. Step clog dancing involves fast and intricate percussive steps, wearing clogs with wooden soles and leather uppers.

Stony Redcaps Morris

 

 

 

Based in Stony Stratford, Stony Redcaps are a women’s Morris side that was formed in 1981. They dance a mix of traditional Manx (Isle of Man) and Garland dances and celebrated their 30th anniversary with a trip to the Isle of Man to participate in an International Folk dance festival and learn more about the history of the dances that they do. They are always looking for more dancers and musicians so if you are interested please talk to them during the afternoon.

 

Hemlock Morris

 

They don't come much darker than Hemlock Morris...Hemlock Morris Dancers were Bedford’s first mixed (male and female) morris dance side.

Born through the desire of a group of young women in Bedford wishing to dance morris dances, Hemlock has gone against the conventions of ‘male only morris’, hoping to bring a new lease of life to an age-old tradition. Media hype would have you believe Morris Dancing in any form will be extinct in 20 years – well, not in Bedford!

With new members joining all the time, Hemlock Morris has gone from strength to strength, with a number of spots at significant festivals and events during 2009, during which we raised many hundreds of pounds for charity. Our 'Border-style' appearance fools many folk...we look Border but dance predominantly Cotswold Morris, with dances from Bleddington, Adderbury, Moulton, Brackley, Bampton etc..

Hemlock Morris has younger members than your stereotypical Morris Dances side. Perhaps it’s the ‘alternative’ painted faces or gothic-style apparel; either way, we like to think that our take on traditional dances bring a breath of fresh air to what many people regard as an out of date tradition, and that our enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment of what we do brings a smile to the faces of those that come to watch us.

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