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Who are Red Raven Morris?

We maintain traditional Morris in and around Melbourne; amusing ourselves, and occasionally the public, since we formed in 2004. We dance several Cotswold village traditions such as Fieldtown, Adderbury, Brackley, Abingdon, Bampton and Hinton.  We also perform dances from the Welsh border regions as well.

Sometimes around Christmas time or at other special events we perform a medieval resurrection/redemption play known as a Mummers play.

We also are happy to teach Morris dancing, for example to school groups.
What is Morris Dancing?

Morris Dancing is England's traditional folk dance.  It is usually performed by a team of six dancers wearing bells, and using handkerchiefs or sticks. Some think that it dates from pre-Christian times, celebrating the cycles of the year, especially the Mayday resurrection; others think may relate to ‘moorish’ dances brought back to England at the time of the Crusades. In modern times, Morris was revived around 1900, through the collecting work of Cecil Sharp and others, and yet again in the 1970s.

There are two major dance traditions we continue:  Cotswold Morris from the areas to the west of Oxford, in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, and the more rustic Border Morris from the English–Welsh border country.

How can I join?

Why not come along to one of our practice evenings and give it a try? It’s not hard and you might even enjoy it! You don't need a partner, and we always give a welcome to new members.  Everything is provided.

We practise in Richmond - see the calendar for more details.

How can you contact us?
If you would like to try Morris Dancing, or book us for an event, contact:

 Neil Barker                 

 03 9846 5280             
 0417 323 441             
neilw@melbpc.org.au

or

 Wayne Burtt                
 03 5348 4430             
wayne@dolphinbrewery.com.au
Some events we have danced at

Newstead Folk Festival
National Folk Festival, Canberra
Whitehorse Spring Festival, Nunawading
Lavandula Harvest Festival, Hepburn Springs
Ballan Street Festival
Kellybrook Cider Festival, Wonga Park
Great Australian Beer Spectapular
Warrandyte Festival
Violet Town Market
Winterfest Cider Festival, Tasmania
Camberwell Grammar workshops
Muckleford Heritage Festival
Maldon Folk Festival
Strawberry & Cherry Festival, Bacchus Marsh
Kingston Agricultural Show
Multicultural Festival, Mentone
Birregurra Celtic Festival
Maryborough Festival & Talbot Market
Surrey Hills Music Festival
Beechworth Celtic Festival
Chiltern Ironbark Festival
Swan Hill Food and Wine Festival
Katamatite Village Fair 
Healesville Folk Festival