West Somerset Morris
is an active Morris side covering dance venues as far as Lynton to the West and Bridgewater to the East. They were formed originally in 1965 as a men only side and after four years hard work achieved a high standard of dance which led them to being accepted into a Morris governing body known as the Morris Ring.
A number of successful international tours were made that included the USA, Czech Republic, Germany, France and the Channel Islands.’
Dancing Tour Saturday
West Somerset Morris (WSM), the Thames Valley Morris Men (TVMM) and the Greensleeves Morris Men (GSM) danced all day on on Saturday
Despite the weather the Morris sides danced outside the Esplanade Club at Watchet, followed by the forcourt of the Washford Inn, at Minehead Station and finally at Dunster Yarn Market. The day finished with a feast at the Bicknoller Inn.
See the Gallery page for a selection of the many photos. To identify the 3 sides (WSM,TVMM, GSMM) and location hover cursor over a photo..
In 2015 the West Somerset Morris Men began the transition to becoming the West Somerset Morris when they decided to use their experience and influence in the area to start a mixed border side to help promote folk dance and specifically morris in the local area.
The project was a great success and the 'West Somerset Border Morris' was formed.
If you are interested in joining us, either as a musician or dancer, or both we look forward to hearing from you. Contact details are on the contact page.
26 December 2021
Dance Out at Dunster Yarn Market
The West Somerset Morris celebrated Boxing Day with a programme of dancing and music followed by the enactment of a traditional Mummers Play at the historic medieval Yarn Market, Dunster.
See the Gallery page for photos.
From 2018 the West Somerset Morris Men and the West Somerset Border Morris became the West Somerset Morris (WSM) and are now a mixed adult side dancing Cotswold and traditional Border Morris.
We practice from September to April at West Quantoxhead Village Hall on Thursday evenings.
Lively music is provided by a variety of musicians kept in in order by music maestro Edwin Spring.
Click the link below to read Tracey Gemmell's account of meeting the West Somerset Morris by clicking the link below
In order to get back back into shape after such a long break, within the Covid-19 rules, the West Somerset Morris commenced outside practice sessions from May through to July. Although rather stiff and rusty, the dancers soon got into their stride with leaps and bounds.
The Morris dancers took a brave step and began dancing out at two venues in July: Washford Inn and Bicknoller Inn.
This was followed by dancing out at the Bird in Hand at Bishops Lydeard, the Carew Arms at Crowcombe, the Rest and be Thankful at Wheddon Cross and then at Burrowhayes, Luccombe.
See Photos on the Gallery page. Hover cursor over a photo to see the date and location.