Folk and Thackray Sage Morris


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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.

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The Folk Session
In our weekly sessions, we learn folk tunes and 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 meet on Monday evenings at the Pack Horse pub on Woodhouse Lane (opposite the Civil Engineering building – NOT the one in the city centre!)

8pm – 9pm: Learn a tune

9pm – late: Session

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 subsidised 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 £3 for the year. All of our weekly sessions are free or pay-as-you-feel collections for our professional tutors. 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 aim to teach and perform dances both as a team and at events with other local dance sides. We welcome all experience levels, from Morris proficient to complete beginner. Our aim is to share our love for Border Morris with as many people as we can and keep the traditional English dance community alive. 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. If you don’t know what Morris is…come along! You may just love it.

A typical sessions consists of stepping practice, a few dances, a break for drinks, cake and important updates (traditionally called “baggies” after the Bagman/Secretary role) followed by more dancing. We hope to follow the format laid out by many other Morris teams by closing the session with a trip to the pub!

Social events are traditionally known as dance outs, which usually take place at larger events with other teams, and they allow us to share our love of folk dance with the public. Morris teams usually dance out at certain calendared events like the winter and summer Solstices, Wassail’s, St. George’s Day and many others. We also aim to educate the public about folk heritage and traditions, and will hopefully run our own dance outs once our team is confident with a few dances.

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