Poacher Morris

The Morris Federation
Poacher Morris are Lincoln’s finest and original mixed Border Morris Team. We enjoy performing lively and energetic dances, and encourage new dancers and musicians to join us in fun, social, exercise. Poacher Morris was formed in 1995 and we take our name from the song ‘The Lincolnshire Poacher’ and perform the dances of the Welsh Border tradition in our own “wild and exuberant” style which is much influenced by Shropshire Bedlams. As a Border side we carry on the tradition of disguise with our own distinctive colours. Black to represent the border tradition and yellow for the Lincolnshire “yellowbelly”, (the name for a person born and bred within the county!). Our costume is made up of colourful rag coats and decorated top hats. Throughout the year the team dances at local events, morris weekends and festivals.

Sides attending the Day of Dance 2018

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Who is doing what?

Border Morris  Based on the traditional dances of the English/Welsh Borders. Traditionally dancers would blacken their faces with soot to disguise themselves so that they could not be recognised and accused of begging.  Many Border sides now use different colours and elaborate patterns.

Cotswold Morris  This is what most people think of when they hear the word ‘Morris’. From the Cotswold region this is danced with sticks and hankies. 

North West Morris Usually processional dances these are danced in clogs. They originated in the Mill towns of the North West of England.

Step Clog These involve intricate step routines from across the British Isles.

Longsword and Rapper Sword Teams  

Rapper Sword Danced using flexible swords, with ‘handles’ at both ends, and come from the mining communities in the North East of England.

Longsword These dances come from the North of England and are danced with rigid rather than flexible swords.

Garland Also originally from the North West, Garland dancers also usually dance in clogs. The dances are usually in square sets (or similar) with lighter stepping and an emphasis on the patterns formed

Plough Morris Although not yet an officially recognised genre, Plough Morris refers to forgotten Notts/Lincs/E Yorks dances that are being resurrected by various sides in these counties.  Researchers Paul Davenport and Chris Rose, found that the term Plough precedes all the common terms historically used for morris/mummers e.g. Plough Jags/Jacks/Bullocks in these counties.

To find out more ask a side or contact:

The Morris Ring, http://www.themorrisring.org

The Morris Federation, http://www.morrisfed.org.uk

Open Morris http://open-morris.org

Please note list correct as at time of going to press (17 April 2018)

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