Welcome to the website for Morris - possibly the best folk choir in London!
Since 2008 we have been coming together to learn sea-shanties, murder ballads, protest songs, work songs, love melodies, folkified non-folk songs, and good old knees-up tunes, from across the centuries and all over the world. We learn tunes and harmonies by ear (ability to read music is not required).
We perform at festivals and folk clubs, in train stations and park bandstands, and our concert ceilidhs are our latest addition to the London folk scene. Recent venues have included the City of London Festival, the InHouse Festival, the New Cross Inn, Sharp's Folk Club, the Dalston Curve Garden, Battersea Barge, Union Chapel, the Southbank Centre, the Young Vic, Bang Said The Gun and several London mainline stations!
Our thirty members, from all over London, are led by choir director Michelle Woolfenden, ranging from seasoned singers to those who hadn't sung since school.
And the Morrisons don't stop at singing: our choir ensemble can include two banjos, two guitars, two fiddles, two concertinas, a mandolin, a ukelele, a recorder and a host of random percussion instruments.
Our choir is currently fairly full - but if you can sing or would like to, or can pick a guitar, fiddle a fiddle, blow a harmonica or tap a bodhran, contact us to see how things stand at the moment. We have a waiting list for women, but do currently have space for a couple of additional men...
We meet weekly in term-time on Tuesdays and sing our socks off. Our rehearsal venue is upstairs in St Barnabas Mission upper hall (entrance in courtyard), Shacklewell Row, Dalston E8 2EA.
Our Morris Folk Club happens on the last Tuesday of the month (in most term-time months, and sometimes in holiday months too!), at The Stag's Head, Hoxton (55 Orsman Rd, London N1 5RA). Check Twitter and Facebook for this month's information.
Our rehearsals lead to performances! You can keep an eye on our performance schedule on this website too - or contact us to be added to our emailing list.