Welcome to the Isca Morris Website - Home of the Traditional Morris Dancers from South Wales performing Welsh Border and Cotswold Morris dances together with local Mumming Plays, Wassailing ceremonies and the Mari Lwyd custom



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Activities
Articles
Boxing Day
Each year since we were founded we have collected for various charities
Major Events
Isca Morris Take Part in Fund Raising Calendar for Tredegar House Folk Festival
Folk Plays
Mari Lwyd
Isca Morris take part in the premier screening in Usk of the Morris - A Life with Bells On
Isca Morris take part in the 6 Nations Rugby Promotional Advertising and Programmes for S4C

Foreign Adventures
May Day Celebrations
Isca Mummers in Action
Browse some of the recent photos taken on the Isca Morris touring programme
Tradition
Browse some of the recent photos taken of the Isca Morris at the Tredegar House Folk Festival
Visiting Sides
A potted history of our members and your invitation to come and join us and help keep an ancient tradition alive



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Isca Morris Website
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Come and Join Us as we are now recruiting new male and female members and practice every Wednesday evening from 3rd November in St Gabriel`s Church Hall, Clomendy Road, Old Cwmbran NP44 3LS

You have reached the home of the world famous Isca Morris, traditional Morris Dancers from South Wales and our site provides an overview of Isca Morris and their associated traditions and activities.  Please turn to our Contacts and Feedback page if you require contact details for the side and current officers.


To give you a flavour of our music we have attached a variety of folk and morris dance tunes which will play as you examine each web page.  We also have a short video extracted from a Japanese television programme which shows the side dancing on May morning at Caerleon Ampitheatre.

Although our site has been set up in English, we welcome and regularly receive visitors from all parts.  If you would like a translation then please press the Babel Fish Translate This Page on the relevant flag in the left hand menu options column on any of the website pages.  We will then attempt to provide you with an extremely basic form of translation for each page in a variety of languages including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean (the translation facility is not yet available in Welsh - although it is available in our range of published leaflets).


Dancing at the Ostrich Inn with Lassington Oak

Isca Morris were formed in 1976 by three experienced dancers taking our name from the Roman Fortress of the Second Augustan Legion which once stood on the site of the town of Caerleon in the old county of Gwent in South East Wales, UK.  We wear the national colours of Wales (red, white and green) and the kit includes a red sash on which is mounted a Roman helmet badge.

The green Monmouth caps which we wear were once knitted in the county (see our Tradition pages) and are an example of one of the earliest surviving medieval knitted garments; extremely handy for the cold Welsh weather!  Our kit also includes green britches, white shirts and socks together with a multi-colour tatty coat.

Our dancing season usually extends from May 1st (when we dance at dawn in the Roman Amphitheatre at Caerleon) to about mid-September, every Wednesday evening, at a variety of real ale pubs across Newport, Torfaen and
Monmouthshire.  We can also be seen on some weekends during the summer in various parts of this country and abroad.

During the winter the side dances out on Boxing Day, accompanies the Mari Llwyd on Twelfth Night, runs a traditional Wassail and can also be seen at Ales and other traditional events across Britain.

As Isca Mummers, we also perform a local Mummers Play for charity each festive period.  And on top of all this, the side attends a variety of dance weekends with a number of sides from all over the country.

Isca Morris have danced at many different types of event, ranging from Barn Dances and Folk Clubs to Fetes and larger Folk Festivals and have appeared on television and radio on several occasions.

In recent years, the side has travelled extensively throughout Wales and the English Counties and have represented Wales at festivals in Belgium, France, Germany, Guernsey and the Czech Republic.  Isca Morris are also active with visitors from other countries entertaining folk dancers from various European countries.
The main characters from our Chepstow Mumming Play kindly drawn from life by Mercedes Walters

Real Life - The Isca Mummers performing the Chepstow Mumming Play in the Nags Head, Usk - Winter 2007

Updates and New Pages 2nd January 2012 - 230 Pages plus Videos and around 3,000 Photos - You can also catch up with us on Facebook and YouTube

To find your way around our site please use the navigation buttons on each web page, alternatively use our Site Map to go straight to a specific item of interest.

We are a member club of the Morris Ring, a central organisation which represents the views of around 200 clubs, both in the UK and in several other countries.  We hope our site provides you with up to date and relevant information on the Isca Morris and thank you for visiting us.


We keep this website regularly updated with our details so please tell your friends and visit us again.  We have included a very large number of pictures of our activities which are much reduced in size for quick page loading, please let us know if you want a larger higher definition copy of any of them.

We welcome your feedback, so feel free to tell us what you think about our web site by sending your comments and enquiries to our email address: Enquiries@Isca-Morris.com


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