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Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenSunday, December 5th, 2021 at 8:58am
The Wantage Mummers will be back this year!
Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenThursday, December 2nd, 2021 at 6:07pm
Ready for Dickensian Evening!
1930 - Sainsbury's
2000 - Waitrose
2030 - King Alfred's statue
Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenSaturday, November 20th, 2021 at 8:42am
Very sad news. Our thoughts are with you all.
Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenTuesday, November 16th, 2021 at 4:24pm
Some great photos from Cat Andrews Photography - Capture the Moment back in August when we danced at the King Alfred's Head!
Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenThursday, November 4th, 2021 at 5:36pm
Santa hats at the ready!
Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenWednesday, October 13th, 2021 at 9:31pm
Give it a try!

Upcoming Events

Dec
22
Wed
20:00 Carols Evening @ The King Alfred's Head
Carols Evening @ The King Alfred's Head
Dec 22 @ 20:00 – 22:00
Carols Evening @ The King Alfred's Head | Wantage | England | United Kingdom
Pub Carols and Winter Ale in The Barn at The King Alfreds Head on Wednesday 22nd December from 20:00 onwards.  With Icknield Way Morris Men and Local Musicians. Continue reading →
Jan
15
Sat
11:30 TWIGS Wassail @ TWIGS Community Garden
TWIGS Wassail @ TWIGS Community Garden
Jan 15 @ 11:30 – 13:00
TWIGS Wassail @ TWIGS Community Garden | England | United Kingdom
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Apr
30
Sat
11:00 Highworth May Fair @ Highworth
Highworth May Fair @ Highworth
Apr 30 @ 11:00 – 15:00
Highworth May Fair @ Highworth | Highworth | England | United Kingdom
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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

 

 

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