Weald of Kent Morris

See some recordings of our performances going way back to our very first performance in 1989

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Email Tim Dwyer if you want any further information.

2021 Programme

All times are local UK time

 

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Saturday 1st May The 33rd Annual Mayday Celebration - Online
To relive May Day morning (in just under 13 minutes) there is an edited video on YouTube at
https://youtu.be/PbVdxyGpumk
5:25am May Day Dance - online with Zoom
5.31am A rendition of 'Hal an Tow' led by Michael White
... Individual (but together!) Molly Oxford Jig - could be a little chaotic!
... A toast to May Day
Wednesday 21st July 7.30pm The Bull, Benenden TN17 4DE
Wednesday 28th July 7.30pm The Chequers, Laddingford TN12 9PL
**CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER ** THURSDAY 5th August 7pm Horsmonden Green TN12 8HT
**CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER ** 8pm Halfway House, Brenchley TN12 7AX
Wednesday 11th August 7.30pm Bell and Jorrocks, Frittenden TN17 2EJ
Saturday 14th August The First Weald Rural Games, Cranbrook Rugby Club TN17 2PN
Wednesday 18th August 7.30pm The Lord Raglan, Rabbits Cross TN12 0DE
Wednesday 25th August 7.30pm The Elephants Head, Hook Green TN3 8LJ
Saturday 18th September 1.30pm Benenden Fete on the Green TN17 4DL

 

A Potted History of Morris & Weald of Kent Morris

written by Charlie Jacobs, late Squire of Weald of Kent MM

 

We are often asked how and when Morris dancing started. There are many theories but nobody knows for sure. We do know that it is a very old custom and believe that it had its origins as a means of ensuring fertility for crops, animals and perhaps for our forebears themselves! Even today many believe that there is powerful magic in a Morris Man's hat and we would advise any young woman against wearing one.

The dances which we perform came originally from the Cotswolds but different forms of dance came from other parts of the country, notably ceremonial clog dancing from Lancashire and Cheshire and two types of sword dancing from Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland. Cotswold Morris was traditionally danced by men and each village had its own style of dancing. Most Morris dancing had ceased by the turn of the century but luckily it was seen by the well-known folk song collector, Cecil Sharp and others who made notes on most of the dances that we do today.

Every dance has its own tune. The music was provided, in the earliest times, by the pipe and tabor. Later came the fiddle, concertina and melodeon and in more modern times, the piano accordian. The Weald of Kent Morris use all of these instruments for their dancing.

Though we have no knowledge from the past of Morris dancing in this county, one of our characters is purely Kentish. The Hooden Horse and his attendants were part of an old custom which came from the Isle of Thanet in East Kent. We took pity on this one and now he follows us everywhere. We hope he will not be too much of a nuisance to you - he means well.

We hope you enjoy our performance and will take part in another old tradition, the collection. This should ensure for you, good luck and fertility and only temporary poverty.

The Weald of Kent Morris were formed in November 1988 and first appeared in public on Mayday 1989. We practise in the church rooms, Goudhurst on Wednesday evenings throughout the winter and we dance locally throughout the summer.

Any potential new members will be made welcome.

To contact the side email Tim Dwyer

Charlie Jacobs during our trip to Vermenton, France

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