Icknield Way Morris Men, an Oxfordshire side from the Vale of White Horse, perform Cotswold Morris dances and are guardians of the Stanton Harcourt tradition

Who Are We?

Icknield Way Morris Men are a nationally known Morris dancing side that perform at festivals, weddings, parties and shows all over the country. We are mainly found dancing in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire, but are usually seen performing outside pubs in the Vale of White Horse.

Wantage Morris

The Morris has been danced in Wantage since at least 1565, where churchwardens accounts show that 16d was paid for 'a dasson morys belles' and, in 1590, 'lyveries' (costumes) were provided by John Eshmond for 4s 6d. The last reference to the Morris locally was in 1885 when it was danced by 'laddes of ye Royal Burgh of Wantage' before the sports began at Lockinge House.  Nothing is known concerning the side who danced, but the dance was referred to Cecil Sharp in 1910.  Unfortunately, there are no records of any Wantage variations of the Morris dance.

What We Dance

The Side performs traditional Morris dances from Oxfordshire villages. We also perform all dances recovered from the Stanton Harcourt tradition for which we are the guardians and sometimes dance out as Stanton Harcourt Morris. The village of Stanton Harcourt also had its own team of dancers active until the mid 19th century. The main Stanton Harcourt 'man of the morris' however, was John Potter (1813 - 1892) who played the pipe & tabor as well, as the fiddle, for the morris all over Oxfordshire. Indeed, his skill with the pipe was legendary that it was said "He could almost make un speak!".

Fortunately, we also have many musicians in The Side today and can provide all round entertainment for many occasions.

We are always pleased to welcome new members.

"They dance for joy. And joy represents the true spirit of England"
... quote from the Daily Mail, 3rd May 2005

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Lost Morris - Audio album from the English Folk Dance Project

- Audio album from English Folk Dance Project featuring Icknield Musicians

 

The Ancient English Morris Dance

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The idea that morris dancing captures the essence of ancient Englishness, inherently carefree and merry, has been present for over 400 years. The Ancient English Morris Dance traces the history of those attitudes.  Click image for more details. or Order Now!The Ancient English Morris Dance

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Icknield Way Morris MenWednesday, May 22nd, 2024 at 7:13pm
That was a great evening over in Gloucestershire!
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Icknield Way Morris MenSunday, May 12th, 2024 at 5:46pm
These are great, thanks!
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Icknield Way Morris MenSunday, May 12th, 2024 at 5:44pm
Great pictures!
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Icknield Way Morris MenSunday, May 12th, 2024 at 5:17pm
Next dance out is in Faringdon on Wednesday 15th May!

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2045: The Folly Inn Faringdon
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Icknield Way Morris MenMonday, May 6th, 2024 at 10:09pm
Dancing again at the THE BLUE BOAR Aldbourne this Wed 8 May from 8pm!

Blue Boar Aldbourne Little BB Blue Boar Inn. Patrons Group. The pretty pub on the green Tel: 01672 216128
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Icknield Way Morris MenMonday, May 6th, 2024 at 9:57pm
More excellent Highworth pics...

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