index_image775[1]  When is an English Cotswold morris team not an English Cotswold morris team? When it comes from Minnesota, USA of course!  Founded in the autumn of 1974, Minnesota Traditional Morris was shooting the curl of the 70’s folk awareness wave.  A certain Lionel Bacon, the dedicated founder of the Winchester Morris Men, traveled the Cotswolds in the mid-twentieth Ccntury and documented as many of the local styles as he could.  In part, it’s thanks to Sir Lionel that the Morris style of traditional folkdance is alive and living in the America’s today. And nowhere is the tradition more alive than in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul.  Minnesota Traditional Morris performs at various venues including the Marine on St Croix May Festival, Edina’s and Richfield’s 4th of July parades,  the Morgan Creek Vineyards near Cambria, Minnesota, and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. But you won’t have to travel that far afield to see this wonderful morris side perform because they will be dancing at Ely Folk Festival this year. So, watch out for a morris side with strange accents, and give them a warm welcome.