Dancing in Birmingham during a joint morris organisations event
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.
On Saturday 11th September 2021 we will be walking/dancing for
St Peter's Hospice Midnight Walk
Read what Sandra Woods says about the event:
"Paul was diagnosed with life limiting cancer in August 2010, and we had support from St Peter's Hospice from the moment we needed them and all the way through, to help make his last year what he wanted it to be.
They made all the difference to him and me in that year - it was an awful situation to be in, but they made it bearable.
Paul was a big figure in the Bristol Morris Men, where he was loved by so many. They would visit him while he was in the Hospice, and even danced for him in the gardens!
I began fundraising for St Peter's Hospice soon after Paul's passing, starting with The Midnight Walk the following year as it was on the anniversary of his death, and I've done it every year that it's been possible since.
I decided that in 2021, on the 10 year anniversary, it would be really special to get the Bristol Morris Men involved as well as the wives, girlfriends and daughters who always make up "Team Wudzi".
Paul is still much loved, and his friends are travelling from all over the country to be part of the team."
Please click on the link below if you would be kind enough to sponsor us.
Bristol Morris Men will be easy to spot in kit and bells ajingling, so do keep an eye out for the team as they walk together in Paul's name and memory.
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
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 from OpenStreetMap!
At around 10.00 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.
What else do we do?
Keynsham Mummers Play
On Boxing Day we perform the Keynsham Mummers Play in Keynsham.
For more information contact .