Welcome to the Sheffield City Morris website

Please note that this is now a 'Heritage' site and up-to-date information on current activities,
particularly the Sheffield City Morris performances, can be obtained at:

View the
Local Dance Programme
leaflet in pdf format.

Sheffield City Morris was formed in 1975 with the aim of making Morris dancing an entertaining spectacle in an urban environment. Many members have been drawn from the folk club world and the team retains a very strong vocal and instrumental expertise, enabling it to provide a full and varied display programme at Folklore Festivals throughout Europe and further afield.

Go to History for a more detailed perspective on the team - its aims, history and evolution.

New members - experienced or beginners - are always welcome and can come along to one of the regular practice sessions on Monday nights at 8:00pm in the Burton Building, Burton Street Centre *, Hillsborough (map) or meet us afterwards in the Gardener’s Rest, Neepsend Lane (map), where we have a ‘session’ - a good place to get to know us informally before taking the plunge!

Since its inception the team has danced extensively throughout the British Isles and Europe, performing at major Festivals in Britain and in Eire, France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Poland and Spain. In 1993 the team spent three memorable weeks travelling around Ecuador, South America, performing at the first 'Festival of the Middle of the Earth'.

From 1988 onwards, our repertoire has been expanded, with the enthusiastic assistance of many members of the group's families, to include a broad spectrum of traditional dance styles and songs from the British Isles, enabling Sheffield City Morris to take its place beside some of the world's most celebrated folklore groups at International Folklore Festivals and folklore gatherings. An illustration of the broad repertoire of the group is provided by the programme of items in our principal performance at Gyöngyös, Hungary in 1998.

The team has an extensive line-up of musicians and can provide music and caller for social dancing, our own Ceilidh being an annual event. We are also strong in choral singing, backed up by a number of accomplished solo singers.

For the Christmas Edale Rambler Folk Train of 1999 Sheffield City Morris stepped into the breach after two local carol groups, in succession, were unable to take part.

Sheffield City Morris perform local carols
The Rambler
, Edale before singing their way
back to Sheffield on the train.

Sheffield City Morris have been custodians of the Sheffield City Giants since these were presented to the City by the Generalitat de Catalunya (the Government of Catalonia).
Although an autonomous group - The Friends of the Sheffield City Giants - has been formed to 'dance' these huge figures, we remain the Custodians and form the link between the Sheffield City Giants and the Lord Mayor's Office.

Sheffield City Morris become 'airborne' under
the watchful eye of 
'War' and 'Peace'


More pictures of Sheffield City Morris in Gallery 1 &
Gallery 2

or view a Sample Video.

Site compiled by Gerry Bates
Updated 7 May 2011
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