Morris Folk Choir

Welcome to the website for Morris Folk Choir - possibly the best folk choir in London! We organise our own events - concert ceilidhs are a speciality gigwise, and we also run the Morris Folk Club (last Tuesday of most months) - and also perform at festivals and folk clubs, in pubs, theatres and concert halls, in parks, gardens and cemeteries, and in tube and train stations. 

Morris Folk Club: Our Folk Club is on the last Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm-10.30pm-ish. More information on the Morris Folk Club page

*** We are very pleased to say that Morris Folk Club will, for the foreseeable future, continue to be held upstairs at The Betsey Trotwood (56 Farringdon Road EC1R 3BL)! ***

Mailing list: Sign up to our emailing list to receive occasional Mailchimp newsletters with news and info from Morris Folk Choir, including Morris Folk Club info and online invites. (See some previous emails here, to get an idea of what you might expect.)

Upcoming events: 
Saturday 13th July: summer gig. time and venue tbc.
Saturday 7th December: winter gig. time and venue tbc.
For more details and future events, keep an eye on our gigs page, or sign up to our emailing list

CD: Loud and Proud: Ten Years of Morris Folk Choir is the album we recorded to mark our 10th Anniversary. It's sold out now, but you can hear all of it on our Youtube page.

More about us
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 all across the centuries and from 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 and from all kinds of backgrounds (all are welcome), are led by choir director Michelle Woolfenden, and range from seasoned singers to those who hadn't sung since school.

And we don't just sing: our choir ensemble can include banjos, guitars, fiddles, concertina, mandolin, ukelele, recorder, cello, shruti box and a host of random percussion instruments.

Interested in joining?
Our choir is currently full for both male and female voices - but if you can sing or would like to, and/or can pick a guitar, fiddle a fiddle, blow a harmonica or tap a bodhran, contact us to check how things stand at the moment. 

If you aren't able to be part of the choir for now, everyone is welcome at our Morris Folk Club, we always encourage people interested in the choir to come along to folk club, where they will get an idea of what we're like and what we're about...

(We are active online and on social media, and in public performance, so choir members should expect to appear in publicly-shared photos and audio/video recordings of the choir.)

Rehearsals: We meet weekly in term-time on Tuesdays except on Folk Club nights (last Tuesday of the month). We have moved from online rehearsals back to our location in St Barnabas Mission upper hall, in Dalston (unfortunately there is no disabled access to the hall). (More rehearsal info here, for members.)