Green Man's Morris and Sword Club

Dances from the Cotswolds and Lichfield and Sword Dances from the North East of England


A stick dance

Morris dancing is one of very few traditional English activities which survive from unknown origins way back in history, however, such ritual dancing was almost lost for ever during Victorian times when the industrial revolution disintegrated many communities and traditions lapsed. Were it not for the stone masons of Headington Quarry, near Oxford (having fallen on very hard times) visiting the local gentry on Boxing Day in 1899, to dance "for their supper," Morris dancing may not have survived. A Christmas guest at the hall, Cecil Sharp, saw the dancing, became very interested and spent the rest of his life finding out about and recording Morris dancing all over the country, particularly in the Cotswolds where many villages still had "sides" or memories of former dancers.

The revival of Morris dancing in England became assured by the formation of "The Morris Ring" in 1934 and many clubs have joined the organisation over the years, especially just after the Second World War. This coincided with a revival of and interest in "Folk" generally throughout the UK at that time.