May Day in lockdown

We might not have danced up the dawn.

We might not have headed to a local pub this evening to dance and drink and welcome the start of the Morris season. We may have some printed programmes that won’t see the light of day too…

Happy May Day!

However, we still want to wish all our followers, friends and fellow Morris dancers a happy May Day!

Where to find us…

We are currently not dancing out due to the risks of COVID-19. Practices may resume in September, but we cannot yet confirm this.

Etcetera Morris Men are based in Enfield, a town some 12 miles north of the City of London and just within the M25.

Practice nights are Mondays – see the Diary page for dates. For more information see the About page.

Happy St George’s Day 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

We’ve got a box or two of summer programmes that sadly it seems won’t see the light of day this year. We’re keeping in touch within the side via messages and a daily Morris tune, and just starting to tinker with video conferencing. Remote Morris and the perils of video latency make joining in together quite tricky! We haven’t tried singing yet…

We’d also like to take the time to say “we miss you” to the other Morris sides we normally see and are now not expecting to meet this Morris season.

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Happy New Year from Etcetera Morris Men

So, farewell 2019. We had some great dancing moments. Today, however, is about welcoming the new year and a new decade.

With that aim in mind, put on your hat and coat, stretch your legs and come to our New Year’s Day Spectacular at The Wonder in Enfield. There will be Morris Dancing from 12.30pm today for our annual celebration of the new year. We’d be glad to see you there, maybe you could even join in – the more the merrier!

Happy New Year, once again!

Merry Christmas from Etcetera Morris Men

From Etcetera Morris Men a very Merry Christmas to all our audiences for 2019, our fans, followers, and associated hangers-on!

Thanks for all your support over the last year, either in watching and joining in, or through social media follows, likes, re-tweets etc, helping with publicity, carrying the sticks, and so on.

Your next chance to see us is at our New Year’s Day Spectacular at The Wonder in Enfield at 12.30pm. Help us welcome the new decade as we dance in the year 2020 with friends from other groups joining the fun! Details on the New Year’s Day page.

You asking? We’re dancing!

With the year’s early appearances at Forty Hall Farm and for St George’s Day behind us it’s now the 1st of May, the traditional start of the Morris dancing out season. Looking at our social media feeds today, this morning Morris dancing sides around the country were up and about dancing up the dawn and generally making merry, with optimism about the coming dancing season (if nothing else). Well done to them for keeping that tradition going.

Our 2019 Programme

The arrival of May Day means it’s now time to put all our practice over the last six or seven months to the test as we head out on our summer dancing season. This season will see at least one new dance to be premiered somewhere and the return of some we’ve not done in public recently.

So, we are looking forward to the season – which will see us dancing around the Enfield area, celebrating local events and successes, enjoying a beer or two, and representing our home town up in the Yorkshire Dales as part of the Leeds Morris Men’s Annual Dales Tour. If you’re one of the people who has asked and isn’t yet lucky enough to have got your hands on our 2019 Programme of Dance yet, or if you’re just curious, check out where to find us over on our Diary page. We hope to see you at one or more of the spots we dance at over summer 2019!

Wrapping up 2018

Etcetera Morris Men rounded off 2018 with their now traditional Christmas-Dinner-themed AGM. The usual reports were given by the officers, votes of thanks and words of encouragement offered, and toasts to those who are no longer with us. Two Etcetera men have danced or played their last this year and we remember their contributions fondly as we look forward to another year of dancing in 2019 – starting on New Year’s Day.

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Dancing Season 2018

Etcetera Morris Men’s 2018 dancing season is well underway as we head into the second week of June. As the Diary attests, we’ve had a busy string of weekend events in April and May has taken us from Brookmans Park to Walthamstow, and Southgate to Cheshunt. We’ve survived a flurry of GDPR emails (please reply to the Bagman’s message on this subject if you want us to keep in touch by email – or contact us/email if you want us to start being in touch!).

We’ve danced for St. George’s Day both for the Mayor of Broxbourne and in Enfield, and May Day on Southgate Green and near Epping. We’ve celebrated success at the Little Green Dragon micro-pub, marked the late Spring Bank Holiday, and joined in the events at Enfield Market for their 400th Anniversary Charter Fair.

There is still more to come through June and July up to our Day of Dance in Enfield in September. We’ve already had a good day out in West Essex with Thaxted Morris Men and there are two dancing nights this week! Check out the Diary page for more details of what is still to come.