Green Man Morris Dancers
Green Man was directly involved in the revival of the Lichfield dances and was appointed "Custodians of the Lichfield Tradition" by The Morris Ring of England. They lead the Lichfield "Bower" Procession every May.
They practice over the winter and dance out during the rest of the year. Over the years the club has danced at venues all over the country and has represented England on European tours. A revitalised team could reintroduce such visits.
Our music is always played live. Our musicians play pipe and tabor, accordion, concertina and other instruments.
ABOUT MORRIS DANCING - the short version!
Morris dancing is one of very few traditional English activities which survive from unknown origins way back in history, however, such ritual dancing was almost lost for ever during Victorian times when the industrial revolution disintegrated many communities and traditions lapsed. Were it not for the stone masons of Headington Quarry, near Oxford (having fallen on very hard times) visiting the local gentry on Boxing Day in 1899, to dance "for their supper," Morris dancing may not have survived. A Christmas guest at the hall, Cecil Sharp, saw the dancing, became very interested and spent the rest of his life finding out about and recording Morris dancing all over the country, particularly in the Cotswolds where many villages still had "sides" or memories of former dancers.
The revival of Morris dancing in England became assured by the formation of "The Morris Ring" in 1934 and many men's clubs joined the organisation over the years, especially just after the Second World War. This coincided with a revival of and interest in "Folk" generally throughout the UK at that time.