Music and singing are traditions enjoyed by many Morris sides, and ones of which we are quietly proud.
Melodeons look like the picture below, similar in some ways to Piano Accordions to look at, but with buttons instead of piano keys. They are also fundamentally different to play, as each button plays a different note on the ‘blow’ and the ‘suck’. They are often louder than accordions, too, as well as being much lighter. The kind of Melodeons favoured by Morris musicians are generally tuned to only two keys, G and D.
Concertinas are often hexagonal in shape, with a similar-
Most people know what Piano Accordions look like -
Another reason is that we are lucky to have a good number of men who play traditional instruments associated with Morris Dancing. The Melodeon and Concertina are favoured by the majority, with a couple of Piano Accordions making appearances as needed. A drum is used for North-
As well as playing music and dancing, we are often inclined to retire to a pub after a strenuous evening’s dancing, where we sing as well as play music, in a ‘session’ which can last for a couple of hours on some occasions. We have our own repertoire of songs which have traditionally been sung by the side, with some more recent additions from our more active singing members.