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  • Towersey Festival 2014
    Towersey Festival 2014
  • Monte San Vito, Marche, Italy 2013
    Monte San Vito, Marche, Italy 2013
  • Exmouth 1 May 2011
    Exmouth 1 May 2011
  • Sidmouth Festival Square 2014
    Sidmouth Festival Square 2014
  • Warwick Folk Festival site 2013
    Warwick Folk Festival site 2013
  • Drewe Arms, Broadhembury, Devon 2013
    Drewe Arms, Broadhembury, Devon 2013
  • Sark Folk Festival 2013
    Sark Folk Festival 2013

Great Western Morris started up in Exeter in the late 1960's.

We dance mainly around Exeter in East Devon but have travelled widely over the years as far as Ireland, France, Italy, Czech Republic, USA, and Cornwall. 

For entertaining morris dancing, full of fun and excitement, come and see Great Western Morris - or, better still, come and give it a go!

Morris has been around for a long time. A very long time. It’s been linked to dances performed by the medieval Spanish moors ("moorish dancing"; something very similar is still danced in the Basque Country) and Henry VIII was a keen dancer.

All the stuff about fertility and crops is almost certainly complete nonsense. On the other hand there definitely are strong historical links with having fun and drinking beer, and collecting money during hard times.

Most of our dancing is based on styles danced in two Cotswold villages; Leafield (usually known amongst Morris Dancers as ‘Fieldtown’) and Bampton. ‘Cotswold’ Morris is the style associated with handkerchiefs (‘wavers’), bells and sticks.

Great Western likes to put on a good show of ‘Performance Morris’; dancing with character, audience contact, and a high entertainment value. We try not take it too seriously, but work hard to please. Come and see us........

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