Traditional Morris Dancers from the Heart of the Cotswolds in England performing at The Green Dragon Inn.
A hearty welcome from the Gloucestershire Morris Men!
Morris dancing has been traced all over the English Midlands and further North, but it is particularly associated with our own Cotswold area, where the most evolved form of Morris was, and still is, to be found. Here it is performed generally by six men and a musician, accompanied in most cases by a fool and sometimes a beast. The men wear a colourful costume or "kit" often based upon white, the old sacred colour.
They also wear bells, wave hankies or sticks so say to ward off evil spirits. It was invariably a men's dance with very strong ties to the Whitsun time of year with fertility and encouraging crops to growth very much in mind. For further reading head over to the websute http://www.glosmorrismen.org/