Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers

Keeping Abingdon town tradition alive

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Mister Hemmings Day of Dance 2016 - 7th May

On 7th May 2016, Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris dancers will be hosting their annual day of dance in Abingdon. This is always held on a nearby saturday of the birthday of former Abingdon Morris dancing legend Tom Hemmings who kept the Abingdon Tradition alive in the mid 19th century.

Schedule

11am : Market Place
11:30 : Black Swan
12:00 : Punchbowl
1:45: Market Place
2:30pm : Brewery Tap
3:15pm : White Horse
4pm : British Legion

Visiting Sides

  • Adderbury Village - Dancing the Adderbury Tradition
  • Ashnah - American Tribal Style Belly Dancers
  • Summertown - Women's Cotswold side from Oxford
  • Borderline - defying death, convention, speed cameras and basic physics with their unique, exciting performances.
  • Windsor - Female side dancing in the style of nineteenth century Cotswold villages of Badby and Brackley
 

Mr Hemmings Day of Dance 2014

On 10th May 2014, Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris dancers will be hosting their annual day of dance in Abingdon. This is always held on a nearby saturday of the birthday of former Abingdon Morris dancing legend Tom Hemmings who kept the Abingdon Tradition alive in the mid 19th century.

Invited Sides

  • Mayflower Morris: Ladies side from Ash Vale in Hampshire, dancing North West Morris style
  • Ashnah: Bellydancing ladies from Abingdon, dancing American Tribal Style
  • Stroud Morris: Ladies side from Stroud in Gloucestershire, dancing Cotzwold style.

Dancing Schedule

Dancing takes place at the following venues and times (note not all sides are at all venues).

  • 10:45am: Outside the former Happy Dick pub (next to Dominoes pizza).
  • 4pm: Royal British Legion, Spring Road

 

 

2013 Season

The 2013 season has now started.  We had an enjoyable day at the Oxford Folk Weekend where we finished by dancing The Nutting Girl in the Castle Square with dozens of people joining in, circling the entire square.  We also started our Abingdon pub tour by dancing at the Prince of Wales in Shippon.

The main event for Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers is Mister Hemmings Day of Dance, an annual event held on the Saturday following the birthday of legendary Abingdon morris dancer Tom Hemmings on May 6th, who the side is named after.  This year it is being held on May 11th. Several visiting morris side of varying styles join us to dance the day away in Abingdon.  Dancing begins at the White Horse at the end of Ock Street around 10:30am and proceeds into town with dancing at many Abingdon pubs. Dancing will take place on the Market place between 1:30 and 3pm before proceeding back up Ock Street to end the day at the White Horse again.

Mr. Hemmings dances out on many Monday or Tuesday nights in various Abingdon pubs.  See the calendar at the side for dates and locations.

We also attend events with other Morris sides in nearby towns and villages. This year includes the Kirtlington Lamb Ale, Bampton day of Dance and Adderbury Club Day and Cry Havoc's Day of Dance.

We also dance at local events and for local Abingdon organisations, for example we will be dancing at the Barnados Childrens Home in Abingdon 12th July.

 

 

 

2011 Season

2011 Season Underway

Practices have begun for the 2011 season, and our agenda for the year is starting to fill up.

There is an opportunity for new musicians and dancers to join us this year.  Enthusiasm is more important then experience as you will learn the music and dances at the practices.

We practice every monday at the Abingdon Band Hut, over Abingdon Bridge on Culham Road, meeting at 7:45 to start dancing at 8pm.  After the practice we then normally have a pint at The White Horse at the end of Ock Street.

Please contact us for more information, or just come along to a practice.

Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,uk or phone Les on 01235 520812

 

 

 

Day of Dance - 8th May 2010

Mr. Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers day of dance was held on Saturday 8th May 2010.  It is an annual tradition carried out on the nearest Saturday to the birthday of Tom Hemmings on May 6th.

Tom Hemmings played an active part in resurrecting the Abingdon Morris tradition in the early half of the 20th century and was mayor of Ock street from the end of the 2nd world war until his death in 1960.

In 2010 we were celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cecil Sharpe's visit to Abingdon.  Cecil Sharpe was the founding father of the folk revival in England in the early 20th century and many of England's traditional dances and music owe their conintuing existence to his work in recording and publishing them.

We were joined by several visiting morris sides: Adderbury, Armaleggan, Cornucopia, Mayflower, Oxford City, Hazza, Shinfield.

We began at the White Horse pub at 10:30, followed by Cross Keys at 11am and then continuing into town dancing outside various pubs including Black Swan, King's Head and Bell, The Punch Bowl, The Brewery Tap. All of the sides danced on the market square from noon onwards, and then ended up back at the White Horse later in the afternoon.