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Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenFriday, September 17th, 2021 at 5:47pm
We're off to Oktoberfest at West Berkshire Brewery tomorrow! (Sat 18th) Spots at 1pm and 3pm 🍻
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Icknield Way Morris MenThursday, September 2nd, 2021 at 10:27pm
Strutting our stuff....
Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenTuesday, August 31st, 2021 at 5:35pm
Next up is the Prince of Wales Shrivenham, Wednesday 1st September from 7.45pm!
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Icknield Way Morris MenSunday, August 29th, 2021 at 10:03am
A fab video from Howard Hill on White Horse Hill Uffington NT during White Horse Folk Festival!
Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenFriday, August 27th, 2021 at 7:37pm
With sadness we report the death of Ian Weeden earlier this week.

Ian took up Morris dancing through his theatrical interests when it became necessary to learn how to dance to play a part in a local production.

Ian was always desperate to get the steps right and kept a small notebook in his back pocket that summarised the main features of each tradition. Ian was always a key supporter of the side, even after a triple by-pass operation, and went on to become Stickman for The Side for many years.

We will certainly miss his wry sense of humour, his furry ferret, his support .... and that look of panic about the next dance figure.
Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenFriday, August 27th, 2021 at 7:09am
Wednesday night's outing at the King Alfred's Head ...

Icknield Way Morris Men processional

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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