OUMM at Folk Weekend Oxford

Impromptu music in the King's Arms
Impromptu music in the King’s Arms, featuring rubber-chicken-as-musical-instrument.

Folk Weekend Oxford usually marks the unofficial beginning of our dancing out season, coming a week or two before our official start on May Morning.

This year we were scheduled to dance on the Saturday, with stands on Broad Street at 10am (alongside Mr Wilkins’ Shilling and the very impressive Winchester Morris), and outside the Pitt Rivers at 12:30pm (with Whitethorn Morris and our local friends Cry Havoc) – and we even managed to fit in a sneaky music session in the King’s Arms in between.

One of our fans* has taken some very nice high-quality video of our performances at Folk Weekend. The 1080p-60fps setting really does us justice.

(It also gives the Squire plenty of opportunity to see who needs extra practice!)

*press-ganged morris partner

Happy 90th Birthday OUMM!

On 17th October 1926, Oxford University Men’s Morris (OUMM) was officially established as a self-governing body. Immediately prior to this, much of the Morris in Oxford University seems to have been centred around the Oxford Branch of the English Folk Dance Society (EFDS). For more detail, delve in to “OUMM and its background.” by Roy Judge.

We celebrated the side’s founding at our 90th Anniversary Feast on the 25th of November 2016.

Below are some historical photographs from the OUMM archives, taken in 1926.

This photo is dated 2 June 1926.
This photo is dated 2 June 1926.
Dated 'Easter 1926', (early April), GTF is Geoffrey Fiennes.
Dated ‘Easter 1926’, (early April), GTF is Geoffrey Fiennes.
Geoffrey Feinnes reported this event in his diary: "8 May – The Heather Festival. This took place on the 5th day of the General Strike and it was very difficult to keep the Morris Men together while so many of their friends had gone off to do emergency jobs."
Geoffrey Feinnes reported this event in his diary: “8 May – The Heather Festival. This took place on the 5th day of the General Strike and it was very difficult to keep the Morris Men together while so many of their friends had gone off to do emergency jobs.”

OUMM Star in ‘Stealing Sheep’ Music Video

Over the Summer, dancers from OUMM, Oxford City Morris Men, and Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers filmed a music video with Stealing Sheep for their new song ‘Apparition’.

Here is the finished video – complete with hitherto unknown feats of athleticism by certain chaps…