Morris Dancers in full swing at The George, Eartham, West Sussex

A couple of weeks ago, on a not particularly warm or sunny Sunday, we thought it might be nice to go for a pint or two at the pub down the road from us which we used to frequent when we lived at Slindon many years ago and where we went to celebrate my birthday last year. As luck has it and to our surprise, they were holding a beer festival with music and dancing entertainment. As it was rather cool when we got there just after midday, we had our first drink inside, but as the barman suggested there were more beers outside in the marquee, we decided to try that. Another surprise followed when, lo and behold, we met an old colleague from the college who retired 16 years ago and who now plays the Banjo for his local Morris group, The Fishbourne Mill Morris.

The Fishbourne Mill Morris getting ready to perform, with our good old friend, Alan, playing the Banjo. What a lovely surprise!

After catching up on news and a promise to meet up soon again, Alan got ready to perform with his Morris group and, to make our day even more pleasant, the sun decided to come out we spent some time soaking the rays, the music and the dance in the beer garden: just perfect!

For those of you who might not be familiar Morris Dancing, I would like to explain that it is a traditional English folklore dance dating back to the 15th century, as first records have it, and it is usually performed to music, with the dancers wearing bells on their shins and using props like handkerchieves, sticks and even swords. It is very enjoyable to watch and it reminds me of the many happy folk music festivals we used to go with our son from the moment he was born and to for many years afterwards. Unfortunately, I had left my phone behind charging and I borrowed Adonis’s to take a video, but being a phone I am not used to, instead of a video, it took a series of about 50 photos, so I am sharing a few here for you to enjoy.

And the band begins to play
Dancing with handkerchieves
Dancing with sticks

Since then, I have found a video on Youtube for you to enjoy the movements the music too. I hope you like it as much as I do.

9 thoughts on “MORRIS DANCERS

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed photos and video. It really is a very happy dance. It is important to keep these traditions alive and I was very pleased to see a young lad among the dancers.
      I am not familiar with Swiss folklore dancing, but I’d be very interested to see it. Thanks for your input; I couldn’t agree more with your views about dancing and health..

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