What are our plans for Morris dancing at Folk Weekend Oxford?
As you will have seen, plans are being made ready for FWO 2021. There will be music; there will be events; some of these will be in-venue; some will be online; some will be both. However we currently cannot plan for massed gathering, and real live dancing Morris for next April is just not going to be possible for the coming festival, with the COVID situation being so unsure. Despite this, we are thinking what might be possible as an alternative. We would like some role for Morris if we can. We will post here and on the FWO Facebook page information about how Morris sides might be able to get involved next year in some way.
Do not panic - Morris sides WILL return to Folk Weekend Oxford in 2022 (fingers crossed)
Wherever you are in Oxford, you’ll never be far from a morris team!
Our local tradition is Cotswold Morris; many of the villages in the Cotswolds have their own style of dance. You'll see dancers waving hankies, and wearing baldricks, waistcoat or rosettes over a shirt, and bells around their knees.
North West Morris is from the villages and towns of Lancashire and Cheshire; the mill workers would come out in their clogs and dance in the streets. The dance style was commonly used in processions, many of the dances have been adapted for to be stationary as well as new ones written.
Welsh Border Morris is from the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. Face paint or masks are often used as a disguise, and the kit usually consists of tatters dangling from a jacket, and a lavishly decorated hat!
Rapper Sword Dancing originates from the mining villages of Northumberland and County Durham; 5 people dance linked using double handed flexible swords, weaving different figures for display.
Clog Step dancing grew out of the industrial areas of Great Britain, with the miners and other labours dancing solo in clogs on the spot, often having competitions as well as performing for pleasure.