Ragged Crow Morris Dancers carry on the traditional English custom of Morris Dancing and we would love to come dance at your festival/fair/pub/house/convention. Contact us
to find out more.
If you think you would enjoy joining our morris side why not contact us
now, it's a great way to keep fit as well as carry on an ancient tradition. You will need a sense of rhythm, a sense of humour and a willingness to practice every week so that we can put on a great show when we dance in public.
Currently we have 10 dancers, some with a background of morris dancing in England, and 5 musicians who play English concertina, accordion, bodhran, drums and recorder.
Drop us a note if you think you may be interested in having us at your event or in joining our merry group.Note: Ragged Crow Morris no longer uses full face black paint. We endorse the Joint Morris Organisation's statement on blackface."Our traditions do not operate in a vacuum. While no morris dancer wants to cause offence, we must recognise that full-face black or other skin tone makeup is a practice that has the potential to cause deep hurt.
Morris is a living tradition and it is right that it has always adapted and evolved to reflect society. ......
.....Morris is a unique cultural tradition of which we should be rightly proud. We want people from all races and backgrounds to share in this pride and not be made to feel unwelcome or uncomfortable by any element of a performance.
Joint Morris Organisations, comprising The Morris Federation, The Morris Ring and Open Morris 3rd July 2020"
Full statement here
We are an energetic group that practice every week during the winter and spring and dance out most weekends during the summer. We get booked to dance at school and community fairs and other events around the region where we encourage audience participation.
For extra effect and drama at night time performances we sometimes use flaming torches ....all good fun.
Dancing in front of an audience is hard work so when the dancers are getting their breath back our talented musicians can take over and play a wide variety of music to entertain when the dancers are resting.
When we don't have an organised booking we take ourselves off on a bit of a tour of the region and dance on open street spaces, pubs, parks and anywhere that people might stop and have a look.