Welcome to our website. Leicester Morrismen are a group of ordinary guys of varied ages and backgrounds,who share a love of the Morris and like having fun!
Morris Dancing has been part of English life for at least six hundred years and there is continuing argument as to its origins and age and while it was unique to England there are clear similarities to traditional dances from elsewhere.
Leicester Morrismen are currently following HM Government advice and have suspended our practices and performances until it is safe and sensible to resume.
We are missing our practices and the comradeship of our fellow dancers. We miss the immediate opportunity to entertain and interact with our audiences, and surprise surprise, we miss the opportunities to have a pint of good beer in local pubs.
All of our commitments for 2020 were cancelled and so for the first time since 1959 our programme of Wednesday evening tours did not take place. When the current restrictions are lifted on 21st June we plan to have a few practice sessions so see how much or how little we can remember. In July we hope to pick a few pubs from our unused 2020 Programme and perform at one venue each Wednesday for the rest of the season. Further details will be published here in due course.
We all look forward to the post-virus future.
St George’s Virtual Festival
Leicester’s annual St. George’s Festival is one of the highlights of the city’s calendar of cultural events and for many years Leicester Morris have been proud to open the event – with the Lord Mayor. , However, as coronavirus restrictions continue to prevent people from meeting in large groups, crowds will not be able to gather in the Cultural Quarter for the traditional entertainment and merriment.
Instead people are invited to take part in the city’s first virtual celebration of St. George from the comfort and safety of home. It will be compered by St. George and the on-line festival will feature appearances from Sylvesta the Jester from Leicester, Bill Brookman and friends, Giggle Town Arts and folk band Looma. Unfortunately Leicester Morris have been unable to meet so our only contribution is historic film clips and photographs.
Enjoy an afternoon of storytelling, music, arts and crafts, puppet show and more which have been specially filmed for this event. Watch live from 12 noon at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2923939864516574
May Day: May 1st
Sadly, for the second year we are unable to make our pilgrimage to Bradgate Park where annually we have danced by Old John at 7.00am to begin our May Day celebrations. We have danced in all weathers, from bright sunshine to pouring rain, fog and gales, for an enthusiastic, if slightly mad audience of several dozen.
Instead, as in 2020, you will find individual or bubbled members of the group performing a solo jig outside their homes at 7.00am to music played by one of our musicians via Zoom.