Dancing in Birmingham during a joint morris organisations event

Dancing in Birmingham during a joint morris organisations event

Lower Slaughter Spring Bank Holiday 1980

This is what we looked like in 1980. Still doing the same dances 40 years later.

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our good friend, dance colleague and Bristol Morris Bagman Cliff Woolley. Everyone who ever came into contact with Cliff knew what a truly genuine, friendly and nice bloke he was. He will be sorely missed, not only by the morris side but also by the local folk scene. Our thoughts are with his wife Gaynor and his three sons.

Who are we?

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?

All practises and public performances have been put on hold
on advice to prevent Covid19 spreading.

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 8.00 p.m., when practice is over we go and have a pint at the excellent Eldon House on Meridian Vale.

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.

May 1st 2020 was the first time in over 40 years Bristol Morris Men have not been out to celebrate. Instead we got up early and, with an audience, celebrated at home. Here is the traditional first dance Idbury Hill (quality isn't good sorry).

On tour with Hankies gone Awry (from California) and Somerset Morris a video of us doing Trunkles (in the style of Wheatley). Thanks to Andrew Futter who took the video.

Or see us in the video below, shot one May day.

What else do we do?

Keynsham Mummers Play

Because of COVD-19 we will not be performing the Keynsham Mummers Play in Keynsham. Hopefully we will be back in 2021.
Click on the picture below for the 2020 Keynsham Mummers play

Link for the 2020 Keynsham Mummers Play

On Boxing Day we perform the Keynsham Mummers Play in Keynsham.
For more information contact .