Music and musicians

It's very hard to dance without music, and Morris is no exception. Music is a very important part of Morris dancing, and every side has at least one, or in some cases a large number of, musicians.  Playing the tunes is only a part of the musicians task, making them danceable is another skill that requires practice with the dancers and a knowledge of what gives tunes that Cotswold lift.

In looking for ways to celebrate our 50th back in 2020, we produced a book recounting the origins of the team and a photo album of team members over that 50 year period. To complement those, we produced a compilation of tunes for all the dances we had performed, or at least attempted, over the 50-odd years plus guidance notes on the art of playing for dancing. Since then we have updated, corrected and maintained the tunes and The 52nd year Edition of our handbook for musicians is now completed (Version 13). It can be downloaded by clicking below.