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The men's side In the summer Chelmsford Men perform Cotswold morris dances, that is, some of those traditionally danced in villages of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. Each village had its own style and dance figures, in a 'tradition' of its own. In addition we dance some from the Lichfield tradition, and like many morris sides, we also include traditional-style dances composed more recently.
Bampton
Step and Fetch Her; Highland Mary/The Quaker; The Rose Tree/ Banbury Bill; Bobbing Around
Bledington
William and Nancy; The Cuckoo's Nest; Idbury Hill; Trunckles;
The Gallant Hussar; Young Collins
Lichfield
The Vandalls of Hammerwich; Ring o' Bells; Jenny Lind
Other traditions
Balance the Straw (Fieldtown); The Blue-eyed Stranger (Bucknall); The Upton-upon-Severn Stick Dance (Upton, Worcestershire); Knuckles Akimbo (by Moulton Morris Men); King Cunobelin's Defeat (by Chelmsford Morris); Kilted Aunt Pol (by Chelmsford Morris)
Between October and the new year we change to dances from this side of the Welsh border ('Border Morris'), which involve simpler steps and figures, and a more anarchic character. They are characterised by disguised faces (in our case, black and green facepaint) and tatter coats.
Border dances
Fanny Frail; Morning Star; Monkey Reel and Borderline (both by Chelmsford Morris); Tide and Rochester Thistle (both by Terry Dix of The Witchmen) and Twiglet (by Freaks in the Peaks).