I'd love to get more involved with the Morris troupes I see at SteamPunk events in the UK.
I'm getting a Concertina to learn on shortly and wondered if there's a sort of set-list that is used commonly by Morris troupes that can be learnt for travelling around and maybe joining in.
Does anyone have any experience with English Morris Dance tunes?
I just joined a local Morris side as 'Apprentice Anglo-er'. Great fun, but a steep learning curve (I'm still languishing
in the foot-hills, and expect to be there for some time!). We're blessed with a fair selection of musicians - so far I
have seen melodeon, accordion (2), fiddle, whistle, English 'tina and drum. Last week we had six musicians...
The main reference collection of tunes seems to be 'The Black Book', see:
for details including ABC, dots and MIDIs.
The Morris Ring site will also allow you to track down your local Morris side(s). There are several in Lancashire
(some of them are sword dancers and may have a different musical tradition than the Cotswold sides?).
My experience (limited, so far!) makes me think that you are probably best to acquire a G/D concertina - most
sides seem to have melodeon players in the ensemble, and they seem to mostly play D/G melodeons. Others,
more qualified than I, may care to comment on that opinion?
There are heaps of Morris musicians on this forum, they will probably pitch in with far better, more comprehensive
advice than this...
Edited by lachenal74693, 07 February 2017 - 02:34 PM.