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. 

Upcoming events: We are delighted to be performing again! On Thursday 7th October, 6-7pm, at the Mall Galleries on The Mall, we will be singing some sea songs from our repertoire. The Mall Galleries have an entry fee, but if you sign up to our emailing list by Sunday 3rd October we will send you a free entry code.

For future events, keep an eye on our gigs page, or sign up to our emailing list.

Morris Folk Club: We are resuming in-person Folk Club on Tuesday 28th September! 7.30pm-10.30pm-ish, where we rehearse, upstairs at St Barnabas Mission upper hall (entrance in courtyard), Shacklewell Row, Dalston E8 2EA. (We also hope to continue to have occasional online folk clubs on other nights.) More information on the Morris Folk Club page.

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.)

CD: Loud and Proud: Ten Years of Morris Folk Choir is the album we recorded to mark our 10th Anniversary, and it's available to buy once again (£8+p&p), in Folk London's online shop!

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 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... 

If you aren't able to be part of the choir for now, everyone is welcome at our Morris Folk Club, which will also give you an idea of what we're like...

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 Dalston. (More rehearsal info here, for members.)