Weald of Kent Morris

See some recordings of our performances going way back to our very first performance in 1989

See our Photo Scrapbook for 2009 onwards

See our Photo Scrapbook for pre-2009

Email Tim Dwyer if you want any further information.

2018 Programme

 

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Sunday 15th April 1pm Bell and Jorrocks Beer Festival TN17 2EJ
Tuesday 1st May The 30th Annual Mayday Tour
5:32am May Day Dance - Goudhurst Church TN17 1AL
7am Breakfast at The Gun and Spitroast, Horsmonden TN12 8HT
8.30am Horsmonden Village Green TN12 8HT
9.15am Goudhurst and Kilndown Primary School TN17 1DZ
10.15am Frittenden Primary School TN17 2DD
11.20am Benenden Primary School TN17 4DN
Midday The Bull, Benenden TN12 7NQ
1pm The Milkhouse, Sissinghurst TN17 2JG
Sunday 6th May 10.45am St Dunstan's Church, Cranbrook TN17 3HA
Wednesday 9th May 8pm The Woolpack Inn, Benover ME18 6AS
Thursday 17th May 8pm The Stile Bridge with Loose Women TN12 9BH
Wednesday 23rd May 8pm The Vine, Goudhurst TN17 1AG
Wednesday 30th May 8pm The Queen's Inn, Hawkhurst TN18 4EY
Wednesday 6th June 8pm The Knoxbridge, Knoxbridge TN17 2BT
Saturday 9th June Midday Goudhurst Fete TN17 1BL
Wednesday 13th June 8pm The Flying Horse, Smarden TN27 8QD
Wednesday 20th June 8pm Bell and Jorrocks, Frittenden TN17 2EJ
Wednesday 27th June 8pm The Peacock, Iden Green TN17 2PB
Wednesday 4th July 8pm The Bull, Benenden TN12 7NQ
**CANCELLED** Wednesday 11th July 8pm The Chequers, Laddingford with Ravensbourne Morris Men TN12 9PL
Saturday 14th July The Classic tour
12.15pm White Dog, Ewhurst Green TN32 5TD
1.15pm The William the Conqueror, Rye Harbour TN31 7TU
2.30pm The Bell at Iden TN31 7PU
3.30pm The Rose and Crown, Beckley TN31 6SE
Wednesday 18th July 8pm The Lord Raglan, Rabbits Cross TN12 0DE
Wednesday 25th July 8pm The Castle Inn, Castle Hill TN12 7BN
Wednesday 1st August 8pm Halfway House, Brenchley TN12 7AX
Wednesday 8th August 8pm The Hopbine, Petteridge TN12 7NE
Wednesday 15th August 8pm The Elephants Head, Hook Green TN3 8LJ
Monday 27th August 1pm Lord Raglan Onion Festival TN12 0DE
Saturday 15th September Weald of Kent Ploughing match
Sunday 16th December 5.15pm Music (5.15pm) and Carols (6pm) at the Star and Eagle, Goudhurst TN17 1AL
Saturday 29th December The 30th Festive Tour
Midday The Peacock, Iden Green, Goudhurst TN17 2PB
1pm The Star and Eagle, Goudhurst TN17 1AL
2pm The Vine, Goudhurst TN17 1AG

A Potted History of Morris & Weald of Kent Morris

written by Charlie Jacobs, late Squire of Weald of Kent MM

 

We are often asked how and when Morris dancing started. There are many theories but nobody knows for sure. We do know that it is a very old custom and believe that it had its origins as a means of ensuring fertility for crops, animals and perhaps for our forebears themselves! Even today many believe that there is powerful magic in a Morris Man's hat and we would advise any young woman against wearing one.

The dances which we perform came originally from the Cotswolds but different forms of dance came from other parts of the country, notably ceremonial clog dancing from Lancashire and Cheshire and two types of sword dancing from Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland. Cotswold Morris was traditionally danced by men and each village had its own style of dancing. Most Morris dancing had ceased by the turn of the century but luckily it was seen by the well-known folk song collector, Cecil Sharp and others who made notes on most of the dances that we do today.

Every dance has its own tune. The music was provided, in the earliest times, by the pipe and tabor. Later came the fiddle, concertina and melodeon and in more modern times, the piano accordian. The Weald of Kent Morris use all of these instruments for their dancing.

Though we have no knowledge from the past of Morris dancing in this county, one of our characters is purely Kentish. The Hooden Horse and his attendants were part of an old custom which came from the Isle of Thanet in East Kent. We took pity on this one and now he follows us everywhere. We hope he will not be too much of a nuisance to you - he means well.

We hope you enjoy our performance and will take part in another old tradition, the collection. This should ensure for you, good luck and fertility and only temporary poverty.

The Weald of Kent Morris were formed in November 1988 and first appeared in public on Mayday 1989. We practise in the church rooms, Goudhurst on Wednesday evenings throughout the winter and we dance locally throughout the summer.

Any potential new members will be made welcome.

To contact the side email Tim Dwyer

Charlie Jacobs during our trip to Vermenton, France

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