Welcome to the website for Morris Folk Choir - possibly the best folk choir in London!
We perform at festivals and folk clubs, in pubs, theatres and concert halls, in parks, gardens and cemeteries, and in tube and train stations. And we organise our own events - concert ceilidhs are a speciality! (Keep an eye on our performance schedule, or use the sidebar link to be added to our emailing list.)
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).
Our repertoire reflects the inclusive, internationalist, outward-looking nature of folk music: treasuring songs which have their roots in the tradition of local and national communities but which belong to anyone and everyone, embracing songs from one another's traditions, and understanding that anything that has roots is living, growing and changing.
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 Morris doesn't stop at singing: our choir ensemble can include banjos, guitars, fiddles, concertina, mandolin, ukelele, recorder, cello, shruti box 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 female voices, but do currently have space for a couple more male voices...
[NB sadly the next two paras are temporarily not true during current Covid restrictions]
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!). Check Twitter and Facebook for this month's information.