King John's Morris Men
King John's Morris Men perform Cotswold, North West and Border morris and a mummers' play in and around Southampton, and often further afield, and are actively seeking new members.
We meet every week for practice between September and April and dance out a suitable venue, usually on a Thursday evening, between May and August, beside various other events.
Please see the Events page for details of where you will be able to see us in 2013. We also usually sing and play after we have danced on a Thursday evening; the Mumming page now has details of where our mummers' play will appear this year, subject, as ever, to unforeseen change.
We are now on Facebook and Twitter - follow the links on the left from every page.
After the AGM on 2nd September 2013 (finished in record time!), practices restarted on Monday 9th September at St. Denys Community centre from 8:15 p.m. onwards - if you would like to come along and find out about the morris, please contact our Squire, John Connell for more information.
We hold music and song sessions at a pub in or near Southampton, now on the second Friday in the month, from September through until March - all are welcome to come, listen and participate. The next will be on Friday 13th December 2013 from 8:00 p.m. at the Cottage, 77-79 Woolston Road, Butlocks Heath SO31 5FN, which will be a special Christmas edition, together with a mummers' play. We also have a tendency to sing and play after dancing on a Thursday evening during the summer.
Please see the Events page for further information.
We have a source of hand made traditional rapper swords from within the side.
There are only a few makers of rapper swords and, over the years, it has sometimes been difficult for rapper sides to obtain replacements for damaged swords. Jimmie Killner, an excellent engineer (and musician with King John’s Morris Men) has designed and developed a successful system for making them, using the best steel to give superb flexibility without being too brittle or breaking. Click on the sword lock for more information.
We dance at various venues throughout the year (see the Events page), performing a number of styles of Morris appropriate to the season and venue. In the spring and summer, we perform Morris in the style of the southern midlands of England, often referred to as "Cotswold" Morris.
At suitable venues, we also perform dances from Lancashire and Cheshire, often referred to as North West Morris, a more regimented style, danced in clogs. Around Christmas we perform dances from the Welsh borders and also mummers plays based on those collected in Hampshire.
We have danced at numerous events in England and abroad, including various fêtes, days of dance, festivals at Sidmouth, Whitby, Towersey, Bromyard, in France and at Babylon. After the Babylon trip, the Morris Ring's Overseas Bagman was heard to wonder "how did they get return tickets ... ?"
We always welcome new members - no experience is necessary - please see the Contacts page to get in touch with us.
Our practices are on Mondays, between September and April, excepting bank holidays, from 20:00 at the St. Denys Community Centre, Priory Road, Southampton SO17 2JZ (OS grid: SU430135; Lat: 50.920089, Long: -1.388882). Coincidentally, the Junction Inn is adjacent for much-needed after practice refreshment.
We usually practise our North West morris on the first Monday in the month and Cotswold (and Border, in season) on the other Mondays. Please check with the Bagman before making a journey.
However, we dance out on Thursday evenings between May and September at various carefully selected venues.
Our 2012 AGM was at St. Denys Community Centre on Monday 3rd September 2012 and practices recommenced on Monday 10th September.
|King John's Morris Men are members of the Morris Ring, an international association of men's Morris Clubs. |
|Please see the information on the Contacts page - the Bagman is usually the best person to start with.|