The Harthill Morris Men hail from the most southerly village in Yorkshire and you can see us performing throughout South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire. We perform dances predominantly in the style developed in villages throughout the Cotswold region such as Adderbury, Badby, Bampton, Bledington, Brackley, Bucknell, Fieldtown and Headington, as well as from places further afield like Lichfield and Upton-upon-Severn. Our Repertoire page within the About Us section of our site should tell you all you need to know about the dances we perform.
Our dancing season starts with a May Day coach tour with our sister side, the Three Shires Ladies North West Morris Clog and Garland Dancers, and continues through until September. During the season we go out on Thursday evenings to dance at many of our favourite local hostelries, sometimes accompanied by or as guests of other Morris teams. At weekends or occasionally on weekdays you may well find us dancing at fetes or shows and we sometimes go on tour with other Morris sides from across the country. Traditionally, every year on Boxing Day, we dance at the two local pubs in Harthill – the Blue Bell Inn and The Beehive. You can see all of our scheduled performances on our Programme page.
From the end of the season in September through to the end of April we meet on Thursday evenings at the Village Hall in Harthill to practice our dances, learn new ones and train new members before retiring to local pub The Beehive, considered “the home of Harthill Morris.” From Remembrance Day through to Boxing Day, these evenings culminate in the singing of the Sheffield Carols and often see the Beehive filled to the rafters with Morris Men and locals alike joining in. To find out more about joining us and coming along to a practice session take a look at our Join Us page.
We dance the Morris, and are proud to do so, because we enjoy it and each other’s company, to continue a great tradition and custom, and because our audiences derive a wealth of enjoyment from watching us perform and sometimes even joining in. In 1981 we were honoured to dance in as members of the Morris Ring, the National Association of Men’s Morris & Sword Dance Clubs formed over 80 years ago to encourage the performance of the Morris, to maintain its traditions and to preserve its history.
Some members of Harthill Morris are part of a group known as the Harthill Tuppers who go out around Christmas and New Year and perform a Mummers play called The Derby Tup or “T’owd Tup”. They tour this traditional mining custom around the local area, visiting various local venues and hostelries raising money for charity. You can find out more about T’owd Tup by visiting the Harthill Tuppers page.
We are always pleased to welcome new members as either dancers or musicians, and there is even scope to develop some of the Morris “characters”, such as the Fool or the Animal / Beast. As part of the Harthill Morris you will have fun, enjoy some memorable moments with great fellowship and, perhaps most importantly, you will be helping to continue one of our oldest and most traditional customs. To find out how you can join us and get involved pay a visit to our Join Us page or get in touch with one of our Officers.