Acorn Morris was formed in York in 1977 to fill the missing gap at the time for women and girls who wanted to enjoy the tradition of Morris dancing. The first public performance was in 1978 and, although members have come and gone, the team is still dancing nearly 40 years on!
1st Dance-out, Stillington March 1978
We dance what is commonly known as the stick and handkerchief style i.e. dances from villages in the Cotswold regions of the UK but also some Border Morris from Hereford & Worcestershire along with some dances we have invented ourselves. Acorn Morris is a member of the Morris Federation.
10th Anniversary, Rufforth March 1988
As can be seen in the photos, our kit has changed over time from the original white blouse & skirt, to a white pinafore dress in 1980 through to a green skirt in 1990 with the addition of yellow hankies (instead of the original white ones) in 1993. In 2013 we changed to our current kit of black trousers, white poloshirts with green trim and leather bell pads, and new design badge on the baldricks. The only amendment (2015) has been a change to one yellow hanky and one orange hanky.
We perform mostly in the York area - either in the city itself or surrounding villages. In 1982 we performed at Castle Howard, near York, as part of the entertainment for that year's Eurovision Song Contest performers and in 2009 we were featured in the Independent newspaper (see below). We have also danced at international festivals in Prague (2010) & Krakow (2013).
21st Anniversary, York June 1999
Acorn Morris has always featured Ilmington in our repertoire along with a few Border dances. Over the years other traditions have been introduced and currently we also perform dances from Bampton, Fieldtown, Kirtlington, Lichfield and Ducklington. Although we have always managed to keep performing, our numbers have dipped at times during the years so we have also included several 3 and 4-man dances (some adapted by ourselves) in our repertoire. Our musicians have changed over the years also, but have nearly always been melodeon and/or accordion players often with fiddle and whistle accompaniment.
New members & musicians - all ages - are always welcome. So, if you want to be part of a living tradition and you want to exercise but also have fun, come along to a practise. We meet on Wednesday evenings from 8.15 to 9.30 pm at Clifton Scout Hut, Green Lane, York from September to May and perform in the summer months in York and the surrounding area.
Snaith, September 2014
Click here for the location of Clifton Scout Hut (Y30 5QX)