Welcome to the Plymouth Morris Men Website!
Plymouth Morris Men at the corner of Nelson Street on our walking tour of North Hill to celebrate Trafalgar Day - 21.10.12
Site last updated 26th September 2014 21:15
Our practice season starts on Wednesday 8th October. Workshops will be taking place at the Hyde Park Social Club on Wednesday 15th October between 8pm and 10pm. Anyone is welcome to come and have a go - musicians or dancers - no experience needed.
Sullivan the Poet has written a poem especially for The Plymouth Morris Men, which was printed in The Herald.
'Here Come the Morris Men.'
Comes the May day, comes the morn,
ere the sunrise gilds the corn;
In the blackness tinkling bright,
soft brass bells to tease the light;
Squire and bagman whisp'ring low,
tensing on that first faint glow;
Heels 'n staffs impatient clicking,
seconds slow and pulses quick'ning.
Til the first rays brightly flash,
greeting all the willow's clash;
Tinkling, jangling, bursts to song,
dancing heels drum loud along;
Bagman raise your merry tune,
adieu to the waning moon;
Cast you down your winter bonnet,
dare the moonlight dance upon it!
Pon this day and one day more,
gambol we upon this shore;
In one heart and all as one,
once our dance to greet the sun;
Twice to raise the Mummer's play,
shoo the old year on its way;
Twixt and tween through lane and highway, dance we each and every byway.
Plymouth's Morris Men are we,
dancing brave and dancing free;
Dancing bold your ports and piers,
more than haifa thousand years;
Just as Drake and Raleigh we,
shade this City's history;
Through the joy and through the sorrow,
dancing proud unto the morrow...
(c) Sullivan the Poet 2014
We finished last season with a weekend trip to Brest as part of the large company from Plymouth going over to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Plymouth-Brest Twinning Association at the end of September 2013. You can see a report of the proceedings by clicking here. Photos of the weekend are available on our Flickr site via the link at the top of this page.
What's Happening Next?
Our new practice hall is at Hyde Park Social Club and work shops start on Wednesday 15th October at 8pm. Any prospective dancers or musicians are welcome to come along. No previous experience needed.
Location: 5 St Gabriel's Avenue, Plymouth, PL3 4JQ
A video of our performance of 'Dearest Dickie' at The Prince Maurice Inn, Eggbuckland, on Wednesday 21st May can be seen here.
A video of our Mummers Play is on Youtube, and a direct link is available via the icon at the top of this page.
Plymouth Morris Men have had a great couple of summer seasons recently, including Holland in 2005, a trip to Hungary and Serbia in July 2006 and Jersey in May 2007. In August 2009 we went to south-western France for the 50th Annual International Folklore Festival at Montrejeau. At the end of September we are off to Brest as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Plymouth-Brest Twinning association.
Each year we make a donation to a charity and have raised over £5,000 over the last 9 years. On Sunday 21st March 2010 members of Plymouth Morris Men danced their way around the Plymouth Mile course for Sport Relief. We raised over £900! Thank you for your support!
Our nominated charity for 2011 was St. Luke's Hospice, and we donated £700 to them, from our collections last year.
Our nominated charity for 2012 was Plymouth Heartbeat.
Our current charity we are supporting is the Devon Freewheelers
More details of our charitable giving can be found on our 'Charitable Donations' page.
If you've seen us recently, have found this site helpful or have any comments to make about the site, please e-mail us via the 'Contact Us' page. It would be great to hear from you!