Malkin Morris, a friendly ladies’ traditional northwest clog morris team with a music band of ladies and gentlemen known as ‘The Roughlee Ruffians,’ accompanying us, meet 7.00-9.00pm in Roughlee Village Centre every Monday except the first Monday of the month when we decamp elsewhere (check our Facebook page). We are very proud to be based in Roughlee.
Introducing Malkin Morris
We specialize in dancing local dances which are named after the town of origin, so we dance ‘The Burnley’, ‘The Clitheroe’, ‘The Whalley’ and others.
We started five years ago and now have a repertoire of 11 morris dances, some maypole dances and 3 step dances with more pending. We danced out over 20 times last year at places like Liverpool, Downham, Mold, Slaidburn, Colne and residential homes in Burnley, and even at Roughlee Victorian Fair!
We are also very proud to have been awarded a small Heritage National Lottery award to “research, perform, teach and provide a lasting resource of local dances and tunes,” and as part of our outreach work, we run workshops e.g. in schools, WI, for Brownies, and any community groups interested.
To join us you need nothing but a sense of humour and an average amount of fitness, as the dances involve stepping, hopping, skipping etc. Learning and performing the dances is a most enjoyable, creative way to get and keep fit, and is fun. Equally musicians are required who can play in the key of G on their instrument. Music notation is provided if necessary and there is lots of practice at rehearsals. Experienced and completely inexperienced dancers and musicians and anyone in between are all welcome.
Contact us via Facebook, or ring Gin on 07887844025, or just call in.