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.
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.
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 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.
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
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’
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.
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.