Folk and Thackray Sage Morris


Welcome to Folk and Thackray Sage Morris

Welcome to Folk and Thackray Sage Morris! We are two societies open to anyone interested in folk music and culture from Britain and beyond, whether you play tunes, dance, sing or are an avid listener.

The Folk Session
In our weekly sessions, we play folk tunes and sing songs together.  Bring any tunes you want to play together and we’ll learn those, too. Come at the start to learn some tunes, slowly at first and then speeding them up as we go along.  Later on we’ll transition to a lively session as other musicians join us to sing songs and play more tunes.

We now meet on Tuesday evenings, 8pm at the Chemic Tavern, 9 Johnston St, Woodhouse LS6 2NG.

Bring your instruments, tunes and songs, or just come and listen!  Keep updated by following the group on Facebook -

As well as our weekly sessions, we hold ceilidhs, open mics and trips to local folk gigs. Details will be posted on the Folk Soc Facebook page. If you have any questions about the society, please message our Facebook page or email

Membership is £2 for the year. All of our weekly sessions are free to attend. Members will benefit from guaranteed spots at our open mic nights, and discounted places on any extra workshops or folk gig trips that we run.

Thackray Sage Morris

We are a Border Morris side, dancing traditional dances from the Welsh-English border.
Our aim is to share our love for Border Morris with as many people as we can and take part in the thriving traditional dance community. Our Team is open to beginners, experienced dancers, all Morris dancers, folk dance lovers or anyone who wants to learn the traditional style of Border Morris. Musicians of all persuasions are also welcome to play with our band! If you've never heard of Morris… come along and find out more!

We practice on Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm in Room 5 at Leeds University Union.
We'll provide all equipment, just bring water and wear clothes you can move in comfortably! Each week we practice and learn the basic building blocks of the dances, then learn some full dances, so you're welcome to join at any point in the term.

Throughout the year we also organise performances or danceouts. Morris sides usually dance out for events like the winter and summer Solstices, Wassails, St. George’s Day and many others, often joining other local Morris sides to share our love for this tradition.

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