Since the 1960s and with further collecting in the 1970s by people such as Dave Jones (late of Silurian Morris, founded 1969, and later the Not For Joes) and Keith Francis (of Silurian Morris) a distinctive border morris style has grown. ", Robert Hornback (2008) has a different viewpoint, comparing border morris to crude parodies of African tribal war dances, and cites the blackface of Morris dancing as part of racist practices in Britain that predate American minstrelsy and, in fact, contribute to the minstrel tradition. It was (and is) most frequently practiced through the midlands and in the counties along the Welsh border, but it has connections to folk dances throughout Western Europe. If it’s your first visit, some of the acts may surprise you. Regardless of the historical basis for black face disguise in border morris, the practice has become increasingly controversial. There is evidence from the 1450s onward of the blackening of faces with charcoal as a means to evade identification, and in association with pagan themes. ... North West Of England Morris Dancing - Duration: 4:55. kamara79 61,474 views. Border is more rough and ready but has a lot more ‘oomph’. It is “history” or a “bit of fun”, they claim. The race equality thinktank, the Runnymede Trust, has said that “supporters of the English folk tradition claim that blackfacing has nothing to do with race but their protestations certainly need to be contrasted with historical evidence and not reported as if this were undisputed fact”. This movie follows the fortunes of an avant garde Morris team in their struggle to evolve Morris Dancing. Sometimes a gang would only have one dance, sometimes two, or as at Malvern and Pershore an indeterminate set of figures. “They are as racist as I am,” he tweeted. Morris dancers say there are “no racial connotations” to the make-up, though. Accounts of the Morris of Shakespeare's time make no mention of blackface, while the border teams contemporary with minstrel shows typically blacked up. I felt guilty watching the scales fall from my students’ eyes as we studied a number of current instances of blackface. 5:30 am - meet in the parking lot of Drumbeg Provincial Park (south end of Gabriola Island), process to hill top, dance up the sun and sing in the May. However, this is not definitely the case. Gallop asks whether the Christian–Moorish link is actually a later interpretation of earlier pagan mock battles between Summer and Winter, such as that fought on May Day on the Isle of Man between the Queens of Summer and Winter. Lowe (1957) also quotes from The Booke of all maner of Orders concerning an Erles House, dating from around 1510, which provides rules for "plays, interludes and disguisings, including Morrises" and states, "If a Morris is to be performed, it should take place after the disguising". We perform dances in the English border Morris style (from the England/Wales border region) at various locations through-out the UK at fetes, pubs, festivals, days of dance, corporate functions, private bookings and anywhere that will have us! Cawte, the folklorist, proposed that these dances from the English side of the Welsh borders – Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire – constituted a Welsh border tradition.. We are based in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire nestling in the shadow of Cleeve Hill (please see the map). Come out and support them! The dance requires at least two people, but any number can join in. A few – both Upton-upon-Severn dances for example – matched the complexity of Cotswolds Morris, but many – e.g. Barbara Lowe's (1957) review of early records of the morris in England cites one of the earliest recorded mentions of the morris in England, with Henry VII paying "Master Wentworth £6 13s. There are 35 troupes of morris dancers attending, for example, and five of these perform in blackface. I don’t think the folk week organisers need to further examine whether performers’ use of blackface is or isn’t racist. Sharp himself appears to have changed his view between 1906, when he saw a link between the black faces of English morris and the dancers on the Franco–Spanish border, and 1912, when he viewed the dance to be a pan-European custom possibly corrupted by Moorish influence. It has nothing to do with race, they say. Addressing the 'Northe partys of England', this proclamation summoned 'euery lorde, knyght, esquyer, gentylman, and yeman' to array themselves 'for to geynsstonde suche persons as is abowtward for to dystroy owre suffereyn lorde the Kynge and the Comowns of Engelond for suche vnlawfull poyntys as Synt Thomas of Cauntyrbery dyed for'. They argue that the practice dates back centuries to well before the time morris dancers might have encountered blacked-up performers from overseas. All of these arguments are well-worn. However, various theories exist, and these are discussed below. The dance depends on the numbers available, as at Brimfield. Afterwards Gorilla dance … , Theresa Buckland's (1990) research details the linkages between the 19th-century Lancashire Britannia Coconut Dancers and minstrel shows, although it does not discuss any link to Welsh border morris. Blackface and disguise, often in a pagan themed context have their own history which intersects with morris tradition. This was in part motivated by an opinion piece written by the UK far-right organisation Patriotic Alternative on 1 July 2020, encouraging their followers to take up Morris Dancing (of all kinds, not specifically Border Morris)  and rejected in a statement the following day by the Joint Morris Organisation.. Many of us would have been at, or on our way to, Whitby Folk Week right now had it gone ahead this year, so here is a consolation throwback to Jet Set's ceilidh spot back in 2009 �� Jet Set Border Morris dancing 199 Steps and Knickers in the Hedgerow at the late night extra, Whitby Folk Week 2009 Those that wish to continue are now consciously taking morris into a political debate. He wore leggings covered with little bells and performed a morris". It was traditionally danced in Herefordshire and Shropshire – the counties at the northern end of the Welsh borders. This style of Morris is called Border Morris. “Broadstairs is a bit like a Cornish fishing village perched on the side of Kent,” says Jo Tuffs, director of the town’s folk week, which began on Friday. The explanation of disguise is also given for the blackface in the later periods, and that during the hard winters of the 17th and 18th century, out of work labourers and builders sought to anonymously supplement their income by a bit of dancing and begging. Chloe Metcalfe (2013) and Richard Carlin (2008) question the link between the American minstrel shows into Victorian England in the late 1830s and the morris. It usually includes three to twelve dancers. Dartmoor Border Morris are a family based, mixed Morris side who like to have fun whilst Morris dancing. The tradition is characterised by black faces, tattered shirts or coats, much stick-clashing and a big band traditionally comprising melodeons, fiddles, concertinas, triangles and tambourines, although they now often also feature a tuba or sousaphone, and flute or oboe. Wild Wood Morris is the premier Border Morris team from Long Beach, California. Practice season is from September to April at The Stoke Sub Hamdon Memorial Hall (TA14 6PZ) from 8:00 pm every Monday. The Joint Morris Organisations (The Morris Federation, The Morris Ring, and Open Morris) have therefore agreed that each of them will take action to eliminate this practice from their membership. The officers unanimously agree that the use of such face make up now falls short of this test and is wrong. They use traditional Welsh and English folk and morris dance tunes. With the advent of the railways and music halls, styles of dancing, shows and skits spread easily across the ocean and from town to town. With many of the newer sides, the dances have often become complex, involving many invented and evolved steps, figures and choruses. Morris is a living tradition and it is right that it has always adapted and evolved to reflect society. The chancellor, Sajid Javid, defended the practice in 2017, when he was communities secretary, saying he was “proud” of a group in Alvechurch in his Bromsgrove constituency. Becket could have been invoked because of his reputed championing of the interests of the poor, or because of his defence of ecclesiastical privileges. Morris Dance is a type of English folk dance of mysterious origins. Morris is a unique cultural tradition of which we should be rightly proud. 1 was here. Origin stories fascinate people. Based in Blaxhall, Suffolk, Pretty Grim Border Morris is a traditional dance side performing in the Welsh Border tradition.  However, the precise linkage between the morris in France and England at that time remains unclear. . With Lucy Akhurst, Brodie Bass, Andy Black, John Boswall. Cotswold Morris is athletic and sometimes elegant. A collection of individual local dances from Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire, Details of the collected dances can be found in, "Border Morris: Roots & Revival (Transcript of Talk)", 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573837.001.0001, "Visit to Herefordshire & Worcestershire, May 1957", "Morris Dancing And America Prior to 1913", "On the Whiteness of Morris: An Illumination of Canadian Folklore", "Statement from the Morris Ring Officers Re: The Use of Full Black or Skin Tone Face Make Up By Morris Ring Member Sides | The Morris Ring", "Morris Dancing: An Appeal to Young Nationalists", "Joint Morris Organisation condemns nationalist website article", "Morris dancing groups ban blackening faces", https://www.academia.edu/5468139/To_Black_up_Or_Not_to_Black_Up_A_Personal_Journey, http://www.great-western.org.uk/dommett/BlackFace.pdf, https://web.archive.org/web/20120222000637/http://www.ironmenandseverngilders.org/, Border Morris: Roots & Revival, Gordon Ashman, Visit to Herefordshire and Worcestershire, May 1957. Perhaps in keeping with the original tradition, the Original Welsh Border Morris (founded 1973) meet only once a year, at Christmas, and dance the traditional dances of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Later evidence from France includes this quote from Thoinot Arbeau circa 1580: "In fashionable society when I was young, a small boy, his face daubed with black and his forehead swathed in a white or yellow handkerchief, would make an appearance after supper. Those in favour say the face-painting has nothing to do with racism, the Black and White Minstrels or the lampooning of anyone of black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Unfamiliar with the localised and historicised explanations of Morris tradition used by dancers, audiences might historically contextualise blackface in terms of entertainment forms such as vaudeville and view it in light of the overtly or covertly racist ideas associated with these practices. Gallop (1934) questions the Moorish link, quoting both Douce and Cecil Sharp who felt the English dance was too dissimilar in style and appearance to be derived from the continental European Moorish dances believed to be of Moorish origin. Cawte. Border Morris is known for its exuberance, energetic though simple stepping, and by its more chaotic and rowdy nature. It’s time to recognise ‘anti-blackness’ | Ahmed Olayinka Sule. That’s the water-filled bit between Cornwall and England. He calls the festival “institutionally racist” and says the organisers are all white and the acts are 90% white even though there is African-Caribbean, Hispanic and Eastern European folk music which would better represent the local area. Thus, for Gallop, the Moorish link is coincidental and the true origins are much older and pagan. 4d. They could simply move the festival’s identity on by banning the practice. The Leominster Morris were reformed in 1988, split from The Breinton Morris (who disbanded after a further ten years) and made contact with one of the musicians from the previous side from the 1930s, Tom Postons. E.C. 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. The argument of disguise is used to "explain away" the blackface, while the black faces of dancers have radically different symbolic potential than that of the faces of supposedly disguised labourers. Morris dancing is a flexible art form, and participants usually try to make their act as silly as possible (except for these guys).. Or they might locate it in a slightly more up-to-date scenario of riots and gangs. The Bedford Morris Men will be dancing Border Morris and the ancient Abbot's Bromley Horn Dance. Our traditions do not operate in a vacuum. * , In an ethnographic study of Morris dancing, Greenhill states that the blackface practices of other English dances "only underscores the colonial complicity of Morris, particularly for non-English, nonwhite audiences." Now that the summer is a cumen to a close, its time to shake out the bells and the legs and return to our dance practices for our Fall season. 4:55. , Canadian academic Pauline Greenhill, commenting on morris dancing in Canada, writes that, [...] it seems unlikely that North American audiences, who encounter Morris at dance-outs at local shopping centres, pubs, and so on, far from geographical associations with coal miners, would see in blackface dances anything other than a white peoples' representation of black culture. She writes about food, feminism and contemporary culture, Whether or not the tradition has racist roots may be arguable – but how it is perceived now is not, and that’s what matters, Racism harms black people most. On October 1450 a large group of men entered the duke of Buckingham's park at Penshurst in Kent and carried off eighty-two deer. Writing in 1778, he states "we are authorised ... to call some of the representations on my window, Morris Dancers, though I am uncertain whether it exhibits one Moorish personage, as none of them have black or tawny faces, nor do they brandish swords or staves in their hands, nor are they, in their shirts adorned with ribbons.". History is interesting. We like to encourage anyone of any age or social background to have a go, & no one will get turned away! Be a part of history! Sixty acts, 50 events a day, 15,000 tickets. Just last week Belgium’s Africa Museum held a party, for which it has since apologised, where guests wore colonial costumes, and some painted their faces black too. It was a racially diverse group and included three or four undergraduates who educated me over our time together. Blacking up has got all sorts of people into all sorts of trouble in recent times: Prada, Gucci, Vogue, Kylie Jenner, Ariana Grande. In the 1960s, E.C. But former Green councillor and parliamentary candidate Ian Driver has been campaigning for years against the way Broadstairs folk week supports blacked-up morris dancers. Under the guidance of Dave Jones and Keith Francis, Silurian Border Morris sought to interpret the collected dance material, preserving as much of the traditional styles and features as can be deduced. It is possible that the interpretation of the blackface changed over the centuries – from Moroccan mimicry, to disguise, to a minstrel-inspired costume and back to disguise. E. C. Cawte's (1963) work on morris dancing in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire quotes A History of Shrewsbury regarding the Visitation at St. Mary's Parish Church, Shrewsbury, in 1584, when it was asked, "Whether there have bene any lords of mysrule, or somer lords and ladies, or any disguised persons, as morice dancers, maskers or mumm'ers, or such lyke, within the parishe, ether in the nativititide or in som'er, or at any other tyme, and what be their names?" Carved figures from 1480 in Munich, Germany, show "Moriskentänzer" with bells, including one of the ten extant having African features. Some of these village sides blackened their faces. But everyone has their line in the sand. Cawte, German carvings from 1480 showing "moriscan dancers" including black faces, Home page of the Silurian Border Morrismen, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Border_Morris&oldid=993609330, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles with unsourced statements from July 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 11 December 2020, at 14:34. Later records from Shrewsbury mention payment to the "Bedlam Morris" in 1688 and 1689. It may also include dances which could either be considered specific dances or a family of related dances.  Some view this as direct evidence of the link with minstrel shows. Henry VII may have become familiar with French morris during his time in France, and is recorded as having morris at his own court in England (see below). These are typically morris dancers from the “border morris” tradition – a style which came from the counties lining the English-Welsh border: Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. Elsewhere we find a 'queen of the fairies' leading a rising and her 'servants' poaching; indeed, the first 'black act' against poaching when disguised passed in 1486.. Americans tend to view Morris dancing as a quaintly charming slice of "olde England," and don't often realize how many of the English themselves find it hopelessly twee. What relevance has origin in what is perceived as outwardly – often proudly – racist behaviour? He argued that the name Moorish was used as a description of an existing earlier tradition, not because the dancers represented Moors. The common features are the rather short sticks and sometimes a stick and handkerchief version of the same dance, also usually a high single step akin to the local country dance step. The 2019 program is now published on the “dance out’s” page there may well be a few dates to add. There are 35 troupes of morris dancers attending, for example, and five of these perform in blackface. See following for categorized lists: List of dance style categories Home Happenstance is a mixed Border Morris side dancing to live music. The original intention of this event was to present views of the history of Morris dancing in the Welsh Border counties from the earliest records to the present day explosion of Border teams. Over the past few years, many morris teams have already proactively taken the decision to stop using full face black makeup to avoid causing offence or hurt. For example, ballet, ballroom dance and folk dance can be single dance styles or families of related dances. They are dressing up as chimney sweeps or miners, a ploy that originated with agricultural workers trying to disguise themselves from their employers when they went out to sing and dance for a few extra pennies, when begging was illegal. oh well you have probably got time to worry about Morris dancing and blacked up faces,Lets face it its probably been one of the more contentious issues facing ethnic minorities in England and the continuation of popular cultural identity, … They’d experienced racism. Mayhem Border Morris 2016 dorian higgins. We now believe we must take further steps to ensure the continued relevance and inclusivity of the tradition. Happenstance welcomes both men and women of all ages as dancers and musicians. Border Morris, as it has come to be known, Is a style of English Morris Dance that developed along the border with Wales in Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire. Formed in November 1999, Pretty Grim is a mixture of experienced dancers and new faces to Morris, brought together by a band of excellent musicians. Another theory is that the blackface tradition derives from earlier forms of the dance involving a Moroccan king and his followers. Comrades OK we seem to have so far failed to ignite the revolution south of the border with our mass mobilization of the Scottish working class and left! The use of full black or skin tone face make up has become part of a range of symbols used in political campaigning. Bromsberrow Heath – had a stark simplicity of one figure and one chorus repeated forever. The use of blackface as a form of disguise is established in early 18th-century England. Wicket Brood Border Morris Formed in 1994 we are a mixed-sex Morris dancing side principally performing dances in the Border tradition. The Leominster men use several of Locke's tunes in their repertoire today. In the Kent and Essex enclosure riots of 1450–51 men cross-dressed as 'Queen of the Fairies' (similar to the related Doamna Zînelor, of the Călușari) including those wearing blackface. It is thus clear that in Shrewsbury, on the Welsh border, morris dancers were associated with disguise in the 16th century. Border Morris is a collection of individual local dances from villages along the English side of the Wales–England border in the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. Driver is convinced, based on evidence from a number of folk-dance scholars, that the practice was influenced and inspired by American minstrel shows from the Victorian era and their homegrown spin-offs. The following year, in 1510, "there was a Pageant like a mountain, out of which came a Lady of Gold, and the children of honour called the Henchemen, which were freshly disguysed, and danced a Morice before the Kyng". This was a village dance done in winter for fun and a bit of money. Moreover, the proclamation was issued in the name of a local hobgoblin, 'Mayster Hobbe Hyrste, Robyn God-felaws brodyr'. It is a non-categorized, index list of specific dances. They hadn’t necessarily thought deeply about how outdated modes of behaviour are still supported and validated in 21st-century Britain. Cawte, the folklorist, proposed that these dances from the English side of the Welsh borders – Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire – constituted a Welsh border tradition. Such detail as starting foot rules and phrase endings are notable for their apparent absence. They are part of the Morris dance tradition. The Silurian Morris Men of Ledbury, Herefordshire, included border dances in performances from the early 1970s and changed exclusively to border morris in 1979, and the Shropshire Bedlams were founded in 1975; both became pioneers of a resurgence of border morris among revival sides in the following decades. The Morris Ring is an apolitical organisation and such sides who do not change must continue that debate outside of membership of the Morris Ring. The dances collected from a particular place sometimes differ quite markedly between informants, as at White Ladies Aston, reflecting the flexibility from year to year. Dancers typically wear white or brightly colored clothing that flows when they twist or turn, and often set their outfits off with a bright red or green sash. , According to the American Morris News (2005), "It is most commonly thought that the origin and function of blackface in Morris dancing lies in primitive disguise rather than an imitation of black men. Initially the side was named Morys ar y Clwt but it was changed to Carreg-las in 1997. Loading... Unsubscribe from dorian higgins? Carreg-las translates from the Welsh as 'bluestone', a rock found locally in the Preseli Mountains, of which it is said Stonehenge was constructed. He argues that in parts of Portugal and the Basque Country, the word moor is also used to mean 'pagan', and that perhaps morris dance originally meant 'pagan dance', and that bells and disguised faces are a common feature of pagan ritual. We are a fun and friendly mixed Border Morris side based in Tavistock, West Devon. Teams that continue to use full face black or other skin tone make up will find they are no longer part of the mainstream morris community, be covered by JMO public liability insurance, or invited to take part in events organised or sponsored by the JMO. The only limitation is you need to be reasonably physically able, but Their dances feature much "whooping" and this has become characteristic amongst many other border sides. American minstrel shows, if not the actual origin of blackface among Morris dancers, at least contributed to its popularity. Protesters adopted such fictive personas not only to conceal identity but also perhaps to associate their grievances with Everyman and to invoke a popular culture of misrule. The three speakers were to have been John Kirkpatrick, Dave Jones, and Gordon Ashman. Most worrying of all to the officers is that justifications for using it based on culture/tradition have been appropriated by the political far right. An event which took place in the autumn of 1450 illustrates well the way in which the often separate activities of poaching and protest could on occasion conflate. CONTACT. There’s an easy solution. As an organisation, we are open to clubs to join who agree to uphold the standards and dignity of Morris. To avoid controversy, some modern sides wear masks or colour their faces in different colours. In a letter of May 1489 to his brother John Paston III, William Paston III included a copy of the proclamation issued by the rebels shortly after the murder of the earl of Northumberland. The fact that some feel the practice to be racist should be enough for sides to realise it is no longer acceptable and is wrong when viable alternatives clearly exist. During the current lockdown and suspension of morris activity, the Black Lives Matter protests and more significantly counter protests by far right groups have brought a decisive shift in how issues such as this are viewed and debated in public life. She goes on to describe later accounts of Henry VIII's Shrovetide banquet for ambassadors in 1509, in which the torchbearers "were appareyled in crymosen satyne and grene lyke Moreskoes, their faces blacke". As a university lecturer, I used to teach a cultural studies class on race and identity to journalism students. The Australian Morris Ring from Australia is the collective orginisation of Australian Morris dancers who perform Cotswold, Border, Northwest and rapper morris dances originating mostly from the Thames Valley/Cotswolds, north west and north east of England. Some of the earliest accounts of a border morris tradition are provided by E.C. All are welcome so come along and see if Border Morris is for you, it will be! We are Wreckers Border Morris and we’re from the Tamar Valley in South East Cornwall. Welcome to the web site of Pensans Morris — we are a bunch of entertainers bordering on morris in West Cornwall, UK! We are a mixed men and women’s Border style morris dance side with a faint whiff of burning coal and hot water about us. , In the 1960s, E.C. lin(at)enigmamorris.com All this will generate an estimated £2.5m for the town. Mine is a literal one, each summer, as blacked-up morris dancers enjoy my local beaches. Certainly by the 17th century, border morris seems to have degenerated into a source of public nuisance, as many of Lowe's (1957) primary accounts recall. They were ready to debate whether white people wearing dreadlocks is a form of blacking up. We practice in the village of Bricket Wood in Hertfordshire, England (near St. Albans, Watford and London). Posts about Border Morris Dancing written by fusilier55. This was a village dance done in winter for fun and a bit of money. Thus the link to blackened faces, and between morris dance and disguise, is clearly established by the early 16th century, although the nature of that disguise is broader than simply a black face, and includes all manner of elaborate costumes. The origins of their use of blackface is a key argument in the clash between folk festival organisers and the critics who want to run the tradition out of town – as happened in 2016 when the Shrewsbury folk festival banned such dancers. We dance traditional border dances written by various members of the side (past and present). https://morrisdancing.fandom.com/wiki/Morris_teams_in_United_States Many dances were collected by Cecil Sharp and later collectors, and several were included in Bacon's book, but border morris was largely neglected by revival morris sides until late in the 20th century. These armed men had charcoaled faces, wore long false beards and withheld their names, calling themselves servants of the Queen of the Fairies.. If you are familiar with the intricacies of state-of-the-art technological communication, then crack straight on – You know the drill! Such interpretations assume that 'vnlawfull' was a hostile interpolation made by William of Paston or his source, yet Becket's martyrdom was universally admired: a more conventional invocation of Becket during the protests in Kent in 1496 paired him with St George. This view remains popular for many today. Shrewsbury folk festival banned such dancers. • Sophie Morris is a journalist and university lecturer. Border morris dancing was different on the Welsh side of the border, and a team on the Welsh side was formed in 1992. But the more I listen to how critics and supporters slice, dice and muddle the evidence, the more tempted I am to say to hell with all of it.  There is reference to questions about "any disguised persons, as morice dancers, maskers, or mum'ers" to St. Mary's Parish Church in Shrewsbury in 1584 and an amazing account of morris dancers at Hereford races in 1609, describing "two musicians, four whifflers, and twelve dancers, including hobby horse and maid marian", all from villages within 14 miles of Hereford. The Hook Eagle morris dancers, Wickham festival, Hampshire, August 2019. Morningstar for 4 originated with the Shropshire Bedlams, and is the dance that introduced the Hounds to Border Morris in 1990. 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