The Vancouver Morris Men have brought fun and frivolity to our Festival many times since their first appearance in 1989, seven years after they formed to maintain English folk traditions, specifically the Morris, locally.
During the 1980s, the group focused on the South Midlands morris, commonly referred to as Cotswold morris (after the Cotswold Hills, which run through the South Midland counties). By the mid 80s they’d incorporated folk song into their repertoire, and by the early 90s they expanded their dance styles to include Welsh Border morris (from the border area between England and Wales) and Molly dancing (from East Anglia). Also in the 90s, the troupe added their first mummers play (a form of folk theatre). They started performing the Thaxted version of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance (a unique dance from Abbots Bromley, Staffs.) in 2010.
The Morris Men have danced throughout the Lower Mainland and have often ventured further afield including the Okanagan, the Gulf Islands and three times to England.
The troupe uses their performances to celebrate the changing of the seasons throughout the year. Mummers plays are also performed at the appropriate traditional seasonal time. They sometimes incorporate seasonal songs into our performances, and certainly sing them at the pub afterwards!