Dolphin is a men's Cotswold Morris side

Whilst we love to see and encourage all forms of the Morris ... Dolphin is a single-sex (male) dancing side.
Women musicians are very welcome though, indeed we have one and would welcome more.


We dance a number of traditions (including Adderbury, Fieldtown, Headington Quarry, Bledington, 
Bampton,  Ilmington and Lichfield) and have members who hail from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and  Lincolnshire.


From September to April we practise at Kingston-on-Soar Village Hall (near J24 of the M1) and recover from the ordeal with a pint and (usually) a few tunes and songs in a local pub.

In January we generally perform a Plough Play and throughout May, June and July we dance out at pubs and events around the Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire borders,  after which we like to try and get a good singing and music session going.


New members are always very welcome



Nick Murphy

Demi (Joint) Squire

Joint Squire from 2018, Nick has a reputation as the Donald Campbell of the melodeon world, current holder of the world indoor and outdoor speed records.
Nick’s main instruments are a Salterelle Pastourelle 2½ row melodeon, pipe and tabor and trombone.


Dave Walters

Demi (Joint) Squire

Now sharing the Squire's roll with Nick, Dave has also been Webmaster, had a 13-year's stint balancing the books as Swagman (9 years of this as Bagman as well!), is an excellent singer, helps run the Poppy Folk club in West Bridgford, is an occasional bodhran and ukulele player (though not at the same time) and lives on a narrowboat. Definitely the chief "folkie" of the side.

Martin Morley

The longest serving Dolphin Squire in peacetime (2000-2007), Martin has also been the side's Bagman since 2013. He is an occasional singer and a melodeon player with a distinctive Fortissimo style.

Dave Gough


David “Captain Birds-eye” Gough, had been involved in the local Morris for many years before settling with Dolphin. Dave has taken over charge of our finances as Swagman, which should be a complete doddle to him as he also looks after the books for the Riley Owners' club

Ian Stewart


The only Dolphin to have his own page in the Domesday Book. Ian’s main instrument is a Fantini button accordion, a 4-voice G/D/A accordion with a conventional 72-bass layout for the left hand; the right-hand button layout is to Ian’s own specification. Ian also plays a Dino Baffetti 2-row (D/G), and can play bagpipes, guitar, bass guitar, various percussion instruments and just about anything else you put in front of him. He’s a pretty fine singer, too!

Read Ian's Morris History Here

Michael Wilkinson

Jigs Foreman

Michael is our Jigs Foreman. He is an excellent concertina player and, unusually in the Morris, he also plays the harmonica for Dolphin. Ask to see his Nutting Girl jig and you will see a solo performance in the true sense or the word!

Ian Ambrose

This former Squire has a fantastic washboard and his drums can’t be beat. For the most rhythmic laundry Service in the East Midlands, call our resident laundrophonist, Ian Ambrose.

Clive Cowx

Clive was Bagman from 2008 to 2013, still sorts out the flyers and posters which we scatter around the East Midlands every year and looks after this website - for what it's worth. He began his dancing career with Stafford in 1982 and has since danced with Adlington and Leicester Morris before settling with Dolphin.

Gavin Davison

Our newest member, Gavin has previously danced with Ripley Morris. He is currently a member of both Uttoxeter and Dolphin and tries to share his talents roughly fairly between the two. Gavin also plays melodeon.

Ray Dawson

Ray is well known on the local folk scene especially for his calling. He is an important part of Dolphin's musician contingent, playing Anglo Concertina. Indeed, unusually in the Morris world, Dolphin is now privileged to have two concertina players in our ranks

Brian Elliott

“A tall, dark, handsome stranger will join you,” said the gypsy. One out of four ain’t bad – he’s stranger than most. Having danced with Leeds and Man Friday, Brian is a superb dancer but his work hasn't allowed him to dance as much as we'd like him to. However now, in his retirement, the bank's loss is very much our gain.

Chris Gigg

Guitarist and singer, and a former Squire, Chris is what, where he comes from, they call a “diamond geezer”. Never lost for words, Chris has a story for every occasion. Chris was the mastermind behind our 40th anniversary reunion in 2008 and heavily involved in the 45th celebrations in 2013. Must be time to be thinking about the 50th now Chris!

Bob Hine

Globetrotter Bob is the amateur historian who single-handedly invented the history of the Gate to Southwell, laboriously tea-stained his notes to make them look old, and organised its “revival”. Bob also hosts Dolphin’s regular Spanish jaunts.

Steve Manning

We met Steve at Sutton Bonington Show, where we discovered he had danced with the Portsmouth-based team ‘Victory Morris’. Great bloke – and just look at the smile!


Emma Melville

Emma is steeped in Morris history. The daughter of a past (1988/9) Squire of the Morris Ring , sister to the 2014/15 Squire and wife of current the Morris Ring Bagman, Emma has a superb understanding of the Morris and is an excellent musician.

Jon Melville

Jon was a full-time member of the team for some years, before a new job in the West Midlands took him away from us. These days multi-instrumentalist Jon makes the 80 mile round trip to dance with us more regularly than some of our locals. He is also curent Bagman of the Morris Ring

Toby Melville

Toby, probably the world’s youngest Morris dancer who is also called Toby, has been dancing since he was in the womb and his high leaps make the rest of us look like a bunch of middle-aged men. Jon and Toby, father and son, are part of the great Melville-Garland Morris dynasty and are steeped in the Morris tradition.

Joe Oskiewicz

The Ring’s Ambassador to Wales (don’t ask!). With his distinctive lapsed-Bohemian style and his passion for French music, Joe is a fine addition to any pub music session

Andy Padmore

He can sing, dance and play and still finds time as Dolphin’s Archivist/Historian to trawl the countryside looking for lost treasures from Dolphin’s history. Andy has compiled a terrific archive of documents and photographs, much of which is now published elsewhere on this site.

Steve Parker

Steve has danced with at least Greensleeves MM, Chalice MM and Headington Quarry Morris Men, is prone to the odd clog stepping jig and has been an honorary member of Dolphin Morris for more years than we care to remember.

His recent move to live on a narrowboat within 25 minutes of Dolphin's practice hall by car (and at least 25 days by boat) is our definite gain.

Wil Walker

Totally unflappable, Wil is a superb fiddle player, particularly in pub sessions, and a great asset to the side. His fiddle-jig (playing for himself whilst dancing) and his rendition of Delilah are a pleasure to behold.


Bert Cleaver

Bert was the Squire of the Morris Ring when Dolphin were admitted to the Ring in 1971; and we have been close friends ever since.


John Baxter

A founder member and our second Squire (1971-73), John (JB) sadly passed away in May (2017). He was definitely one of Dolphin's characters and despite living in The Lakes for much of his latter life was always a Dolphin and regularly attended events all over the country with us. We were privileged to be involved in the Celebration of his life at Ulpha and will miss his dancing, singing, monologues but most particularly his unique demeanor and his company.

Tribute page

Please reload