As I walked the 1 or 2 miles from Hammersmith town center I heard music, not bag pipes but something I recognized and singing. Then I saw men dancing…… something like a skipping version of the American square dance.
My host suggested it could be Morris dancing……..have you heard about Morris dancing?
From Wikipedia I found the history of Morris dancing:
- North West morris: more military in style and often processional, that developed out of the mills in the North-West of England in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
- Longsword dancing from Yorkshire and south Durham, danced with long, rigid metal or wooden swords for, usually, 6 or 8 dancers.
- Rapper from Northumberland and Co. Durham, danced with short flexible sprung steel swords, usually for 5 dancers.
- Cotswold morris: dances from an area mostly in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire; an established misnomer, since the Cotswolds overlap this region only partially. Normally danced with handkerchiefs or sticks to accompany the hand movements. Dances are usually for 6 or 8 dancers, but solo and duo dances (known as single or double jigs) also occur