During the last year or so of Covid Lockdowns all folk related activities have had to be suspended or adadpted to an online format.
Also folk friendly venues, particularly pubs, have had to close or adapt to serving takeaway meals to survive.
Some pubs have closed permanently, and others may do so or be changing hands.

As we slowly emerge from the lockdown regime, folk activities are beginning to recommence:

  • We are now able to meet outdoors in groups of six and groups of friends have started holding small informal music sessions outdoors.
  • From mid May we should be able to meet in groups of up to 30 participants outside. This means it becomes feasible to have larger and more open sessions and recommence morris dancing etc.
    If you plan to hold any such outdoor sessions please let us know and we will include them in our calendar.
  • From mid June it is expected that venues will be able to open more fully and the calendar includes several live events that have been scheduled with this assumption.

Currently we have removed all the previously active session listings so that the calendar does not include a lot of suspended events.
Please let us know if and when these sessions recommence and if there has been any change in venue and contact details and we will update our calendar.

Similarly, regarding pubs and other venues, please tell us if you know of any pubs / venues that have closed permanently and for those that have survived if they will still be willing to host music sessions, etc. in the future.

Please let us know of any updates to activities and venues you are involved with by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Friday 24th March; St Andrews Church, Oxford; 8pm
Featuring Mike Heaney
as Percy Manning, with guests Magpie Lane and Headington Quarry Morris Dancers

Percy Manning was the first proper Morris dance researcher. Everybody knows that the big revival began when Cecil Sharp met William Kimber and the Headington Quarry Morris Dancers on Boxing Day 1899, but not many know that that might never have even happened if Manning hadn't persuaded the side to re-form for a concert nine months previously.

This event recreates that seminal concert given by Percy Manning in 1899 where he celebrates the revival of morris dancing and 'exhibits' Headington Quarry Morris Dancers, their dances, songs and music. It is timed to coincide with 2017 being the centenary of Manning's death. It features the current side of Headington Quarry Morris Dancers and renowned local folk artists Magpie Lane.

As well as morris dancing, Manning collected a large amount of material relating to Oxfordshire history, folklore and customs, including local May customs and mumming. This concert is just one event of many in Oxford celebrating the Percy Manning Centenary including: exhibits/displays at the Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Museum of Oxford, educational activities and the publication of a book Percy Manning: The Man Who Collected Oxfordshire (Archaeopress).

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