Greetings from Cry Havoc!
Hello! We’re Cry Havoc, a Cotswold Morris dance side based in Botley, Oxford. Cotswold Morris is the traditional folk dance of the Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire area. Our repertoire includes dances from Bampton, Adderbury, Bledington, Fieldtown (aka Leafield), Headington, Brackley and Lichfield. We also have two dances in the new Botley tradition.
We’re a mixed side – mixed genders, ages, backgrounds, abilities. We dance for fun, but we also raise money for a local charity each year. We still have a notable base of members who live in Botley, but others come from other parts of Oxford and surrounding towns and villages.
We were founded in 1993, after someone had the bright idea of including a bit of morris dancing in a pantomime. This generated enough local interest for Paul Ferret, formerly of Towersey Morris, to set about teaching the side on a regular basis. Paul has since moved away from Oxford, but his then pet buzzard, Havoc, is immortalised in our name and emblem.
We’re always looking to welcome new dancers and musicians, so if you think you’d like to try out the Morris, come along and say hello over the summer, or come to one of our Thursday night practice sessions. In October we run some special taster sessions. Check out our calendar.
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Use the links above to find out more about us, access our blog & calendar of events, investigate Jim’s excellent collection of tunes favoured by Cry Havoc musicians, or even book us for your event.