April 18, 2015

Cecil Sharp and Morris Dancing

With Morris Dancers, Oxford, England 1899

By chance Boxing Day 1899, Cecil Sharp (22 November 1859 – 23 June 1924) whilst visiting relations in Oxford saw and heard, for the first time Morris dancing as performed by Headingtom Quarry Morris Men. It inspired Sharp to set about collecting dances and songs from all over England in the following years. Cecil Sharp is pictured right with his Morris Dancers. (via History of Morris Dancing)

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