Wessex Folk Festival

Weymouth Harbour  2nd & 3rd June 2018

Acts from previous years (starting 2015)

Hertfordshire Holly is a mixed Northwest Clog Morris side formed in 1989 by a group of women who were fed up with the men having all the fun.

It remained a female side until 2008 when five men joined us and the side became a mixed one.

We dance mainly in the traditional style of the Northwest of England using belled sticks, wavers or slings. The old traditional dances are quite often named after their place of origin i.e. Ashton, Gisburn or Lostock Junction. Lately we have begun to introduce dances written more recently by us or other sides.

Our red and green kit was redesigned in ‘holly’ colours to celebrate our tenth anniversary.

The side is based at High Cross, near Wadesmill, in Hertfordshire and members come from the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire, Essex and Enfield.

Bristol Rag Morris is really a somewhat eccentric rainbow disguised as a troupe of Morris dancers. Set up in 1981 and associated with the University of Bristol, we're a mixed side performing dances from Cotswold and Welsh Border traditions with our own inimitable mix of vigour, creativity, and dubious singing. Our fantastic band creates captivating music – from the joyful to the dramatic – with accordions, melodeons, fiddles, pipes and drums, and the odd tambourine. Wherever we go we aim above all for fun, friendliness and (almost) always more dancing!
Mr Wilkins’ Shilling is a Morris side from Bath, Somerset. We were founded in 1988 and dance locally at various venues around Bath and the southwest of England. We attend several folk festivals through the year fairly regularly, such as Cheltenham, Chippenham, Sidmouth and Swanage

Wyvern Jubilee Morris

Wyvern Jubilee Morris are an all male morris dancing side based in Yeovil, Somerset, England.

We perform a selection of dances in the Cotswold tradition, mainly from the villages of Adderbury, Bledington, and Headington. The dancing is usually followed by a lively music session featuring traditional, contemporary and comic songs and tunes.

Practice sessions are held on Thursday evenings from October to March at the Great Western Pub, Camborne Road, Yeovil (map), whilst the summer months are spent dancing out at local venues and further afield. See the programme details on the right of this page for details of our current itinerary.

New dancers and musicians are always welcome. No previous experience is required, but an outgoing personality is an advantage, along with a good sense of humour.

The team may be hired (at modest rates) for fetes, weddings and other social occasions.

Bristol Rag Morris is really a somewhat eccentric rainbow disguised as a troupe of Morris dancers. Set up in 1981 and associated with the University of Bristol, we're a mixed side performing dances from Cotswold and Welsh Border traditions with our own inimitable mix of vigour, creativity, and dubious singing. Our fantastic band creates captivating music – from the joyful to the dramatic – with accordions, melodeons, fiddles, pipes and drums, and the odd tambourine. Wherever we go we aim above all for fun, friendliness and (almost) always more dancing! 
Heather and Gorse Clog Morris
Founded in 1984, Heather and Gorse Clog Morris are a ladies only dancing side (but we do have male musicians!) based near Newton Abbot, Devon. We dance mainly North West Morris dances with the occasional Cotswold dance thrown in. Our main aim is to enjoy ourselves and keep fit, but we also hope that we provide entertainment for others.
In the Winter we practice every week on a Wednesday evening in Combeinteignhead village hall.

In the Summer we try to dance out at least once a week in the evening, usually at a pub. We also regularly dance at Sidmouth Folk Festival, Teignmouth Folk Festival and Brixham Heritage week. We like to spend at least one weekend away at a folk festival every year.

Our kit is traditional with a blue skirt, white bloomers, white blouse and black waistcoat. We wear black clogs with bells. We also have a small band of musicians playing drums, concertinas, melodeons, and anything else to hand!

New dancers and musicians are always welcome.

OBJ Morris

OBJ Morris is based in Bracknell, Berkshire and performs a mix of contemporary and traditional dances, loosely following the “border morris” tradition which originated in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. It’s a mixed side (male and female), and can be instantly recognised by the black, green and white rag jackets and blackened faces. 

Full Moon Morris
Full Moon is a mixed Cotswold Morris dancing side loosely based around South Wales, UK, although our members come from as far afield as the far west of Swansea, the Forest of Dean and even Devon and Derbyshire. 
Wessex Morris Men
Dancing out from April to September, we give energetic and entertaining displays in the towns and villages of Dorset and Somerset and at major shows and events. And we make at least one overseas trip each year. 

We enjoy our dancing and Wessex are a friendly, sociable, energetic team. Morris provides us with exercise, fun and a great social life. We always welcome men who want to learn morris dancing.
Our practice sessions are held Mondays, September to April, 8pm-10pm, at Pulham village hall in Dorset, postcode DT2 7DZ.  Afterwards we enjoy a social session with songs, music
Founded in 1968 at Southampton Univeristy, Red Stags perform our very own style of Border Morris. Some of our dances are traditional, others are based on research and interpretation of old manuscripts, some are imported from across the pond, the remaining ones are penned and adapted by various members of the side, not always in a pub, on the back of an envelope.
Dr Turberville`s Morris is a mixed side from Crewkerne in Somerset dancing mainly Cotswold dances. The side is now 32 years old & still going strong. We adopted the Pirate Morris for any seaside events after it was requested for an event which was very successful & SO much fun!
The Wyvern Jubilee Morris Men. We come from all over Somerset and Dorset but practice in Yeovil at The Great Western pub. We were formed in 1977 to dance at street parties for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. The Silver Jubilee Badge still forms part of our kit and is in the centre of our red, white and blue Baldrics.

The Jackratts 


Hailing from South Coast UK, the Jack Ratts are a powerful 6 piece folk punk band with a reputation for highly energetic live shows.

Drawing influence from Traditional European polka, Sea Shanty, Bluegrass and Irish Pub drinking songs, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

In 2015, the Jack Ratts are all set to release their second LP & follow up to their popular 2012 debut ‘Sail the Deadly Seas’

Something About Mondays have been dubbed as a "Folk-Pop" band from the Isle of Wight. Comprising of 3-Part harmony vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, violin, bass and drums, with the occasional mandolin thrown in, think the Bangles meet the Levellers for their songwriting style. Likenesses have also been drawn with R.E.M., Oasis and even the Beatles and Who with their guitar riffs and sounds. 2015 sees the release of their Debut EP "Is It You?" and also the creation of new originals and a vast array of covers.Through sales of the EP and the Launch Event, the band are donating proceeds to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, based on the Island. Performing at festivals and venues along the south coast and Isle of Wight, these guys hope that this year will kick-start many more things to come.

Darren Hodge is a young man who is regarded by his peers as one of the top young guitarists in the country. After picking up his first guitar only six years ago he has been astounding audiences up and down the country with his instrumental style of playing. He is completely self taught and from very early on it was clear to those around him that he had a unique gift. After five years of hard work and dedication he is still perfecting his talent but what you will hear will leave you astounded for such a young man just starting out.

http://www.darrenhodgemusic.co.uk

The Dolmen


To round off the festival - the one and only Dolmen!

Get down to the best Celtic Rock bank in the World!


www.thedolmen.com


Exmouth Shanty Men 


The Exmouth Shanty Men return to Weymouth to entertain you with traditional songs and sea shanties


Devon's 'original buoy band' first burst on to the folk scene in 2007 and their continually growing reputation has been founded on the authenticity and integrity of their performance.


http://www.exmouthshantymen.com