Welcome to the Hunters Moon Morris Website
Hunters Moon are a Morris side from Eastbourne who dance in the 'Border' tradition; wearing black and silver tatters. We perform dances in the style traditional to the counties of Worcestershire, Shropshire and Herefordshire. We first performed in spring 2002.
Although formed in 2001, Hunters Moon has aeons of experience in dance and music, but perhaps most importantly, all members have a love of folk tradition and values.
The origin of the 'Border' style 'tatter' costumes and the blacked-up faces of the dancers is obscure. Attempts
have been made to explain the traditional black faces by equating Morris with 'Moorish' (African) dances from
the middle ages, but current thinking holds that it was more likely to have been a form of disguise, as the
activities of Morris dancers and mummers were generally frowned upon by the rural clergy and squirearchy.
Border Morris was largely ignored by Edwardian folk-dance collectors who considered it a less highly developed
form of dancing than its better known cousin, the 'Cotswold' Morris, but the style has enjoyed resurgence
in recent years as modern audiences tend to enjoy the raucous exuberance and wild appearance of the dancers.
Performances include old favourites plus new dances written by members of the side.
You'll hear and see the names of dances such as:
The Dancing Oolert
Hunters Moon Processional
Not Not For Joe
Astwood Bank Long Ho
Furze Field Common
Three Jolly Black Sheepskins
John Barleycorn - see it on YouTube at the Eastbourne Lammas Festival
White Ladies Aston
Gypsy Lad - plus many more.
If you fancy giving it a try, either as a dancer or as a musician please contact us with your details and we will invite you along to one of our practices.
The artwork for the Hunters Moon logo was created by Laurence, one of our former dancers.