Blackhorse & Standard Morris - The Music

All of our performances (and practice nights) are accompanied by live music.

Most of the tunes are traditional jigs and reels using chords G, D and A, as recorded and published by the EFDSS (English Folk Dance and Song Society).

We are always keen to meet musicians who would like to try 'playing for the Morris'. The most usual instruments are accordion, melodeon or concertina, but many others can be suitable - for instance fiddle, guitar, mandolin or ukelele.

Kathy joined the side as a musician in 2015...

I had been involved with folk music for a number of years in the past, but as a keyboard player. Whilst I owned an accordion, it had been quite some time since I had dusted it off but I thought I saw a Blackhorse flyer and thought I would give it a try.

"I was welcomed into the group and Millie, the regular concertina player, introduced me to the group repertoire. Very soon I was enjoying the 'buzz' that live music gives, especially when playing with other group members. It is most enjoyable to watch the dancers responding to the music and I am gaining knowledge all the time with regards to what music goes with which dance, and am recognising parts of the dance which have to match a certain section of music.

"It is a very friendly group who go out of their way to welcome newcomers and help them along in an encouraging way. Even on the darkest and coldest of winter evenings when the TV and the warmth and comfort of the sofa beckons, I know it is always worth the effort to go along to the Blackhorse and Standard Morris - you will always leave on a high having enjoyed an invigorating dance session.