Mersey Morris Men

We started life in 1928 as Liverpool Morris Men, and were inaugural members of the Morris Ring, the global association of men’s morris, sword dance and mumming clubs.

Joining forces in 1960 with Wirral Morris men, and adopting our present name, we have worked hard to maintain our reputation as one of the region’s most versatile men’s morris sides, and certainly one of the most enduring.

Why is it called Morris dancing? There is no certain answer. It is thought that early dancers smeared their faces with soot to hide their identity and so were called Moors or Blackamoors. Hence “Moorish”, and, eventually, “Morris”.

What is the Morris all about? Again no-one is very certain, but it has a lot to do with powerful tunes, an appetite for tricky legwork and muscular arm movements, and a vigorous physical expression of a tranquil mind at peace with itself and others – especially if the others in question are buying the drinks!
The Morris has a long and splendid history in this land and Mersey Morris are very proud to uphold the tradition.

We practice in Thornton Hough Village Hall , every Monday from September to May 8 to 10pm, and new dancers and musicians are very welcome to join us. For more information contact the Bagman, Andy Siddons email or on 0151 347 1685. There are more details, together with the calendar of events, to be found here.

See here for more information on the Morris Ring.

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