History of Red Herring Morris
Red Herring Morris was formed in January, 2000 by a merger of Lemon & Capers Morris and Middlesex Morris.
Middlesex Morris, the Boston area's first mixed team, was formed in the summer of 1984. Middlesex Morris's founder was Sue Jick, who had started dancing with Oak Apple morris in Madison, Wisconsin, and started Middlesex Morris when she moved to Boston because she wanted to continue dancing on a mixed team. Middlesex Morris originally performed dances in the Headington style. Within the next few years, the team added Bledington and Ilmington to its repertoire. In 1991, Middlesex Morris switched to dancing exclusively Fieldtown dances.
Lemon & Capers Morris was formed in 1985 by Kari Smith and other alumnæ of Tony Barrand's "English Ritual Dance and Drama" class at Boston University. Lemon & Capers was initially a women's side; the team became mixed in 1993, when declining membership might otherwise have forced them to disband. Lemon & Capers originally performed exclusively its own version of Bampton; probably the best-known dance written for this style is Simon's Fancy, written by by Jocelyn Reynolds. The side added Duns Tew to its repertoire in 1998.
By the 1999 season, both Middlesex Morris and Lemon & Capers were experiencing declining membership, resulting from members taking time off to care for their children, moving away, or developing chronic injuries that were aggrivated by dancing. In the spring of 1999, Middlesex Morris foreman Jeff Bigler approached Lemon & Capers foreman Rebecca Jordan about the possibility of merging the two teams.
In the fall of 1999, Middlesex Morris found that it no longer had enough active members to continue dancing. The remaining members of Middlesex voted to approach Lemon & Capers about merging the two struggling teams into a single larger team.
Both teams separately discussed the idea of merging, and decided to give it a try. The two teams held a combined AGM in January 2000 and voted to merge, with the newly formed team taking on the name "Red Herring Morris".
Red Herring continued dancing the Duns Tew repertoire of Lemon & Capers, adding some new stick dances to the existing repertoire of hankie dances. The team added Sherborne dances in 2002, and Border dances starting in 2005.
Fearless (?) Leaders
Foremen of Red Herring Morris have been Rebecca Jordan 2000-02, Linda Julien from 2002-04, Joan Ruland in 2004-05, and Jeff Bigler 2005-present. Squires have been h MacKiernan 2000-01, Jeff Bigler 2002-05 and Jeff Keller 2005-present. Bagmen were Megan Morris 2000-04, and Phill Nimeskern 2005-present.
Red Herring's original kit, from 2000-2004, consisted of a gold vest with scarlet trim and a herring emblem on the back, white trousers, black shoes, and arm ribbons. In 2004-05, the kit was changed to a white shirt, black trousers, red and yellow rosettes and arm ribbons, a black bowler hat with a red band, and black shoes. In the fall of 2005, the kit was changed to its present version, keeping the bowler and black trousers, but switching to a red shirt and omitting the rosettes.
Last modified: Thu Jul 20 02:01:35 2006 by Jeff Bigler