Borderline MorrisRedefining what it means to be a morris tart, Borderline Morris defy death, convention, speed cameras and basic physics with our unique, exciting performances.Border morris with a difference - if Cromwell was still around he'd definitely ban it!Borderline was created in late 2007 using only three pipe cleaners, a plastic bottle and some old buttons.We practice in Arborfield, south of Reading, on a wednesday night, but we come from far and wide- you are never more than 12 feet away from a Borderliner! www.borderlinemorris.com
Fleet Morrisis a ladies side, although our musicians are of both sexes. We are based in Yateley, Hampshire, dance mainly in the Cotswold tradition, and have been entertaining at Folk Festivals, Days of Dance, Garden Parties and local hostelries for more than thirty years.
We are always keen to welcome new members - check our website or Facebook page.
Mabel Gubbins RapperWe are a women's rapper team, currently based in the village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, near Oxford. We perform traditional and evolved rapper sword dances, which originate from the mining regions of Northumberland and Durham. We can be often seen dancing in pubs around Oxfordshire, dancing in pubs at festivals around the country, and, if at all possible, not dancing in car parks. The best way to find a Mabel at a folk festival is to wave a bottle of gin in the air, and the best way to get rid of one is to tell them the way to a really good cake shop.
Sweet Coppin Clog Dance Team
Sweet Coppin is a Clog team based in Taunton, Somerset. Our name is taken from a variety of cider apple, our distinctive red and green kit reflects the famous cider orchards of Somerset.
As well as Clog stepping we dance North West team dances and a variety of other dances from around the British Isles which we call Soft Shoe Dances.
Uplyme Morris Men
The finest Morris dancers in all of Uplyme
The West Somerset Morris Men
formed in 1965 in the area between Taunton, Bridgwater, Porlock and Dulverton.
A small side at present with about 9 dancers and 4 musicians but we will always welcome newcomers !
We dance out in the summer in the villages and towns of West Somerset in the “Cotswold” tradition of Morris dancing.
Practice during the winter is at The Halsway Manor Centre for Folk Arts near Taunton.
Whitethorn was formed in 1977 and is based in Harrow, Middlesex. The side performs dances from the north west of England. The kit is a vibrant red, blue and white combination with hand made wooden clogs. Whitethorn has performed at many folk festivals and events countrywide, including Sidmouth, Whitby, Wimborne, Chippenham and in 2000 danced at the Millennium Dome. Overseas visits have been made to Europeade at Quimper in Brittany and at Prague Folklore Days Festival in the Czech Republic.
The Wild Hunt Bedlam Morris
Now in our 24th year we combine ancient Northern European mythology with English Bedlam (Border) style Morris, accompanied by traditional tunes. Our dances, all written by team members past and present, have been created for drama and spectacle to try and capture for our audience some of the original mystique and magic of dance performed in earlier centuries. Catch up with us on Facebook, follow us on twitter @wildhuntmorris or take a look at our websitewww.wildhunt.org.uk
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.
The Yetminster Irish Dancers
The Yetminster Irish Dancers were established in 1972 and are still going strong over 40 years later. We have dancers aged between 3 and 18 who perform traditional Irish dances along with our lively band. We are delighted to be taking part in the Wessex Folk Festival and are looking forward to an enjoyable weekend.
We are Mayflower Morris, a women's side dancing in the North West style. We are based in Ash on the Surrey/Hampshire border, performing traditional, new and swapped clog dance routines.
Blackrock School of DanceWe are a Traditional Irish Dance Group based in Yeovil. Any abilities welcome, very friendly atmosphere. Our Dancers are both girls and boys ranging from 3-19. We practise on Saturday mornings from 10-13.30.We take part in a variety of different shows and folk festivals through out the year.Contact details : [email protected] or Ellie 07786862386.
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.
The Quayside Cloggies
a ladies clog-morris side, are based in Poole, Dorset. We dance in the North-West Tradition. Our dances mainly originate in Cheshire and Lancashire but include some garland dances from all over the country and some we have arranged ourselves. 2015 is our 30th Anniversary Year!
The team wear colourful handmade costumes and clogs styled on traditional wear for the mill workers in the North of England during the nineteenth century.
Sidmouth Steppers Ladies North West Morris
Sidmouth Steppers Ladies North West Morris was formed in 1998 following the 45th Sidmouth International Folk Festival. Most of the dances that the Sidmouth Steppers perform originated in the North of England and were performed by mill workers at holiday festivals and in processions.
Clogs are worn for the dances as these were traditionally worn by the mill workers. Accessories used in the dances are bobbins and perns from the spinning mills, decorated sticks, garlands and handkerchiefs.
Music for the dances is traditionally quite loud. Usually it is led by melodeons but accompanying instruments may range through stringed, brass, wind and percussion instruments.