The Newtowne Morris Men

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The Newtowne Morris Men have been performing traditional Morris dances from the rustic Cotswold hills of England since 1977. These dances are performed every spring in order to ensure good luck and a bountiful harvest for the coming year, and are associated with the tradition of the Maypole. Our preferred touring venues are the streets and greens of the local New England cities and towns, retiring after an energetic set of lively dances to a local pub for a round and a few songs.

We encourage everyone to experience this ancient tradition. Feel free to contact us for up-to-date information on our tour schedule. If you live in the Greater Boston area and are interested in taking part in the Morris, we are actively seeking new dancers of any skill level to join our merry band; we practice once a week on Monday evenings in Medford.

The Men 2011


Spring 2014 Tours

The Cherry Blossom Tour

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Once again the Newtowne Men travel to Our Nation’s Capital to dance at various locations around Capitol Hill with our hosts, Foggy Bottom Morris.

The Easter Tour

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The traditional opening of the touring season come early this year. The team performs outside the Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street starting shortly after noon, then proceeds to the Public Gardens.

The Gilbertsville Tour

Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014

Once again we will join the handsome Binghamton Morris Men and guests for a tour of upstate New York, based at the historic Majors Inn.

Mayday

Thursday, May 1, 2014

For over thirty-six years we have gathered with a large group of participants on the banks of the Charles River at dawn (yes, when the sun comes up) for Morris dancing, Maypole winding, and traditional Mayday songs. Join us at the Weeks Footbridge near Harvard Square and take part in the festivities.

The May Tour

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Newtowne Morris Men and guests as they perform the ancient dances in historic Boston, Massachusetts and environs. ˇViva la revolución!

Marlboro Morris Ale

Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 2014

The oldest annual gathering of Morris teams in the New World takes place in and around the small towns of southern Vermont.

The Sudz

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The premier gathering of northeast men’s Morris groups, hosted every year in the fields and towns of western Connecticut by the Bouwerie Boys of New York.


Past Tours

Sudz 2012

Wandering about the hills and valleys of western Connecticut.

Marlboro Morris Ale 2012

Dancing in Marlboro, Brattleboro, and Newfane in Vermont.

The May Tour 2012

Touring Boston with our special guests Foggy Bottom Morris.

Mayday 2012

Dancing at dawn in Harvard Square.

Gilbertsville 2012

Touring upstate New York with the admirable Binghamton Morris Men, the dapper Bouwerie Boys Morris, and some team from Canada.

The Easter Tour 2012

The traditional start of the Newtowne touring season.

Sudz 2011

Wandering about the hills and valleys of western Connecticut.

Marlboro Morris Ale 2011

Dancing in Marlboro, Brattleboro, and Newfane in Vermont.

Lilac Sunday 2011

The annual celebration of the blooming lilacs at Arnold Arboretum, Boston.

Mayday 2011

Dancing at dawn in Harvard Square.

Gilbertsville 2011

Touring upstate New York with the admirable Binghamton Morris Men and some team from Canada.

The Men 2009

Sudz 2010

Wandering about the hills and valleys of western Connecticut.

Lilac Sunday 2010

The annual celebration of the blooming lilacs at Arnold Arboretum, Boston.

Mayday 2010

Dancing at dawn in Harvard Square.

NEFFA 2010

A return engagement at the New England Folk Festival.

Gilbertsville 2010

Touring upstate New York with the exquisite Binghamton Morris Men and some team from Canada.

The Cherry Blossom Tour 2010

Touring our nation’s capital with Foggy Bottom Morris.

The Easter Tour 2010

The traditional start of the Newtowne touring season.

Marlboro Morris Ale 2009

Dancing in Marlboro, Brattleboro, and Newfane in Vermont.

Lilac Sunday 2009

The annual celebration of the blooming lilacs at Arnold Arboretum, Boston.

Mayday 2009

Dancing at dawn in Harvard Square.

Gilbertsville 2009

Touring upstate New York with the admirable Binghamton Morris Men and some team from Canada.

The Easter Tour 2009

The traditional start of the Newtowne touring season.

Marlboro Morris Ale 2008

Dancing in Marlboro, Brattleboro, and Newfane in Vermont.

Mayday 2008

Dancing at dawn in Harvard Square.

The Easter Tour 2008

The traditional start of the Newtowne touring season.

Mayday 2007

Dancing at dawn in Harvard Square.

NEFFA 2007

Dancing at the relocated New England Folk Festival.

The Easter Tour 2007

The traditional start of the Newtowne touring season.

The Men 2005

NEFFA 2005

Dancing in the courtyard at the New England Folk Festival.

The Easter Tour 2005

The traditional start of the Newtowne touring season.

Thunderstorm Tour 2004

The tradtional bad-weather tour.

Mayday 2004

Dancing at dawn in Harvard Square.

The Easter Tour 2004

The traditional start of the Newtowne touring season.

Sudz 2003

It was indeed the best Sudz ever!

Mayday 2003

Dancing at dawn in Harvard Square.

Sudz and Fall Tour 2002

Out on tour at the Sudz and at Nashoba Valley Winery for the Fall Tour with Ha‘penny.

Mayday 2002

Dancing at dawn in Harvard Square.

Mayday 2001

Dancing at dawn in Harvard Square.

The Easter Tour 2000

The year it rained.

Mayday 1998

Dancing at dawn in Harvard Square.

The Easter Tour 1998

The traditional start of the Newtowne touring season.

The Men 1997

Fall Tour 1997

Our thanks to the Commonwealth Morris Men for an excellent fall day.

England 1992

A couple of shots from our visit to Merry Olde England.

Amble on Down Stick Dance 1991

The Amble on Down Morris Men from Merry Old England perform their unique Stick Dance at the Marlboro Morris Ale.

Amble on Down Hankie Dance 1991

The Amble on Down Morris Men from far-off Amble on Down perform their equally unique Hankie Dance at the Marlboro Morris Ale.

South Dartmouth 1983

Set the Way-Back Machine for a time when the team wore beribboned vests and photographs were stored on small bits of plastic.