Seriously, they’re worried about keeping the practice going.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s morris dancers, renowned for bells on knees, colored rags and flower-bedecked hats, are launching a recruitment drive to convince young people that their stick-slapping art form is not a thing of the past.
The folk revival of the 1960s and 1970s, spearheaded by artists like Bob Dylan, led to a surge in interest in morris dancing in Britain.
But dancers who started out then are now in their 60s and often unable or unwilling to try and keep up with the accordion music.
They have a little Morris dancing at the Washington Revels’ Christmas Revels each year (here are some of their albums; alternatively, you could try John Langstaff. I think that I have most of these albums by now). It’s fun to watch, and of course it was immortalized in Terry Pratchett’s Lords and Ladies, which is highly recommended to anybody who needs a useful corrective to the modern attitude towards elves. Actually, Terry Pratchett is generally highly recommended, but we’re getting far afield. A buddy of mine does this, so I’ll end by throwing out a link to the Foggy Bottom Morris Men; I think that’s his group.