Who are we? Just ordinary guys who share a love of the Morris and like having fun! Varied ages, varied backgrounds, anyone can have a go. If that includes you, just talk to us and we’ll show you how it’s done.
What is Morris Dancing? The Morris is an ancient English tradition going back centuries. It’s so old that nobody knows how it started or what it means, though there are plenty of theories! Everyone seems to agree that it’s something to do with the cycle of the seasons and making the crops grow.
Where and when? You will see from our programme that on Wednesday evenings from May to early September we tour the City and County, usually performing at pubs for some reason! We also go further afield and meet up with other Morris sides from time to time.
From October to April we practise at St Stephen’s Church Hall off New Walk in Leicester. New recruits – dancers and musicians – are always welcome.
What? We dance Cotswold Morris in the summer months dressed in white clothes with flowers round our straw hats. But in winter, we become RED LEICESTER and we do something different called Border Morris. We paint our faces red and wear top hats decorated with feathers, and tatter-coats.
Why? Because it’s fun! Because we enjoy each other’s company. Because we raise money for charity. Because it’s good exercise. Because we get to drink the odd pint – though it’s not compulsory. Because we like to keep alive one of our country’s most colourful traditions. Why not?!