Harthill Morris hail from the most southerly village in Yorkshire. We mostly perform throughout South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire but have also danced in various locations throughout the UK and abroad. The dances we perform are mainly from the Cotswold tradition although occasionally dances from other traditions can be found among our repertoire as well.
Our dancing season begins in May and continues through until September. During this period we “dance out” on Thursday evenings at various local pubs, sometimes accompanied by other Morris sides, before finishing up with a communal singing session. At weekends you may well find us performing at local shows or fetes as well as at events across the country alongside other Morris teams. Every year we also dance on Boxing Day outside of the 2 pubs in Harthill, concluding with the singing of the traditional Sheffield Carols. Once the dancing season has finished we practice, again on Thursday evenings, in Harthill Village Hall before retiring to local pub The Beehive, considered the “home” of Harthill Morris. From Remembrance Day through to Boxing Day these evenings also culminate in the singing of the Sheffield Carols.
Harthill Morris originally formed in 1976 and in 1981 we were honoured to “dance in” as members of the Morris Ring; the National Association of Men’s Morris & Sword Dance Clubs. As members, the side can sometimes be seen attending Morris Ring-hosted events across the country alongside other Ring-Member clubs. These gatherings are known as Ring Meetings and Harthill have had the pleasure of hosting a few of them in the past.
Some members of Harthill Morris are also part of a group known as the Harthill Tuppers. They tour local pubs and venues around Christmas and New Year performing a traditional Mummers play called the Derby Tup to raise money for local charities.
We are always pleased to welcome new members as either dancers or musicians and there is even scope to develop some of the traditional Morris characters such as the Fool or the Animal/Beast. To find out more information about joining us get in touch using the Get Involved section above.
* ‘Wassail’ comes from the Middle English ‘wæs hæil’ meaning ‘be in (good) health!’ and from the Old Norse ‘ves heill’ which is comparative to ‘hail!’ It has become commonly used in Morris dancing parlance as a generic greeting or parting comment.