We are Bristol's
longest-established men's Morris Dance Side, founded in 1951. We
perform Cotswold Morris Dances, (some more traditional than
others!), to music provided by melodeon, concertina, fiddle or
pipe and tabor.
Our current active membership is around two dozen, but we are always on the lookout for new dancers or musicians. We also have a cantankerous horse, called (funnily enough) Horse, who has his own Web Page.
We are always delighted to welcome prospective new members. No previous experience is necessary as we will teach you. If you can dance or are a musician, then it is just a matter of learning the dances we do. Like most Morris sides our practice season is mainly during the winter months (from the beginning of September to mid April) and so this is the best time to join. However, this is not a hard and fast rule and you are welcome to join us at anytime. During the spring and summer months we tend to be dancing out with our busiest time being between May and July. We like to think that the official start of our dancing year is on May Day - May 1st - when we commence at sunrise (5:42ish) in Castle Park, Bristol.
Where can you find us?
The side practises on Thursday evenings at 8.00 p.m. (from the beginning of September to mid April) and during the summer months on most Thursdays we will be performing at pubs, rather than in the practice hall!. Our current practice hall is the gymnasium of the Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School, Bristol BS8 1JX - use the entrance partway down Jacob's Wells Road.Click here for a map!
At around 10.00 p.m., when practice is over we generally retire to the excellent Three Tuns pub on Deanery Road.
If you would like to join us or would like more information contact for further details.
Where can you see us perform?
Here is our Calendar of Performances, frequently updated.
What else do we do?
Rapper Sword Dances
The side also performs Rapper Sword dances, from the north-east of England, mainly during the winter season. Find details of our tours on the Calendar of Performances.
If you would like to learn contact for further details.
More information can be found here here!
Keynsham Mummers Play
On Boxing Day we perform the Keynsham Mummers Play in Keynsham.
For more information contact .
In 2011 we lost two of our long serving members, click below to read the obituaries: