Wessex Folk Festival

Weymouth Harbour  31st May, 1st June, 2nd June 2019

Borderline Morris
Redefining 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
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!
Fleet Morris 
is 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.

Full Moon Morris
We are a mixed Cotswold Morris dancing side loosely based around South Wales, although our members come from as far afield as the far west of Swansea, the Forest of Dean and even Devon and Norfolk... Full Moon Morris started early in 1997, when six men and women who danced with various local sides in South Wales wanted to "get out more". Initially we learnt three dances to perform when we accompanied Shoostring Appalachian Dancers to the South West of Ireland at Easter 1997. Our first musician joined us at that point, practising the tunes outside our rented cottage on the first day of the trip.   And the name...? Contrary to popular belief, our name is not derived from certain habits of our male members. In fact we take our name from a small hamlet near to Cross Keys in the South Wales valleys. There's not much to see of the hamlet now, but the Full Moon name lives on in a roundabout on the nearby A467 dual carriageway!

Mabel Gubbins Rapper
We 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.

Northgate Rapper 

Northgate Rapper are Bath’s finest, and only, male sword dancing team. Founded in 1991, they continue to ignore the magistrate’s rulings and perform high energy rapper dances in any pubs that will let them in. Locally famous and regionally renowned, they’ve recently appeared at Sidmouth Folk Week, and both Bath and Bristol’s Folk Festivals. Expect mild peril, tappety feet, intense concentration and dynamic performances.

Northgate Rapper practice on a Tuesday night at The Curfew in Bath. Check them out online at www.northgaterapper.co.uk or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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 Morris

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.  

Mayflower Morris

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.

Frome Valley Morris 
This is our 40th year of dancing in Dorset
We are Frome Valley Morris, so called because we originally practiced by the banks of the mighty Frome. We have moved and now can be found in the Old Town Hall in Weymouth and this is our 40th year of dancing in Dorset. In addition to our Cotswold traditions of dancing we are learning some new steps in triple time, which we think would have been danced before 1850. We are calling them Bockhampton. We also dance a couple of stave dances,  originally danced in North Dorset and kept alive in the Royal Manor of Portland.
Recently Radio 2 described Morris done well as "electric". We agree and aspire to do just that. We are looking for people to join us to create a spark and keep a tradition alive in this part of Dorset.

Blackrock School of Dance
We 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. 

Deorfrith Morris
Founded in 2011, we have been dancing in the New Forest area ever since, mostly at local pubs during the week and at weekends we dance at festivals and shows. Our name was taken from our newly built practise hall, Deorfrith Lodge. Deorfrith is an old English word Loosely translated as ‘deer sanctuary’. The sanctuary was set up by a monk in 1121 who threatened hunters with blindness if they hurt a hart or hind.
We dance mostly Cotswold but there Border dances in our repetoire. Some of the Cotswold dances have been adapted a little to suit our own style. In addition to Bampton, Adderbury, Bledington we dance a couple of traditions not seen in our area, Ampthill and Wayford. We have also written a few dances within these traditions to suit our side’s dynamics .

Chiltern Hundreds Clog Morris
We are a team of like-minded dancers and musicians who enjoy performing the fascinating and engrossing dances from the industrial North West of England.
The team has been dancing since 1992 and was founded by Kate Rose, a leading teacher and researcher into North West Clog Morris.
Among our very many enjoyable tours, a few stand out for mention from when in 1998 the team travelled to Hong Kong for the New Years’s Parade and again a few years later the team travelled to Seattle for the Northwest Folklife Festival and then went onto Vancouver via Vancouver Island.
The team continues to perform at many festivals around the UK having recently performed at Whitby, Sidmouth, Towersey and Shrewsbury.

Fishbourne Mill Morris 
was founded in 1987 and is a mixed side dancing Cotswold Morris.  We are based in Chichester, West Sussex.
Eynsham Morris
Eynsham Morris has been in existence since at least 1856, and most likely goes back at least a further 200 years into history.  The current incarnation first danced on May bank holiday, 1980. Well known for their energetic, flamboyant dancing style and colourful, unique kit, Eynsham have remained a crowd favourite through the decades. A very sociable side, their lively singing and folk tune sessions after the dance have become famous in their own right.
As fine an exhibition of Morris dancing as it has ever been my good fortune to see' - Cecil Sharp, 1908

Taeppa's Tump North-West Morris Dancers were formed in 1981 in Maidenhead, Berkshire and are a female side with a large and lively mixed band.  Our name is taken from a local archaeological site, the burial mound of a Saxon chieftain called 'Taeppa', after whom the nearby village of Taplow is named.  
We dance in clogs which are traditional for our north-west style of morris, and use sticks, garlands and swingers to give colourful displays at folk festivals, days of dance, pub evenings and fetes etc.

Heather and Gorse Clog Dancers
Founded in 1984, Heather and Gorse Clog Dancers 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.

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.

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.

Red Stags are a Southampton based, mixed side, who dance in their own style of border morris. Having been founded as the university side in 1968, they are this year celebrating their 50th Birthday. They can be found dancing at festivals and events across Southern England (and sometimes Wales).

Kit consists of a red and black rag coat with yellow flecks and music is provided by squeeze box, fiddle, recorder and percussion.

If you think you might be interested in joining the side please email [email protected]

Wyld Morris are a mixed Morris side of dancers and musicians dancing mostly in the Cotswold tradition.  The side was born in the autumn of 2010 out of a love of the Morris and the lack of a local side that would accept a woman dancer!

If you think you might like to join us as a dancer or musician, we would love to hear from you.  We meet on Wednesday evenings at Monkton Wyld Court, near Charmouth at 7.30pm.  We are learning as we go so you don't need any experience - just an enthusiasm to keep alive our traditional music and dance.

White Horse Morris is a mixed side based in South Wiltshire. Founded in 1951 as White Horse Morris Men from the 1950s until 2011 the side remained a male Cotswold side and developed a reputation for its excellent dancing. In 2011, with an appetite for change, the side became mixed, and introduced several Border dances to complement our original repertoire of Cotswold dances from Adderbury, Bampton, Bledington, Brackley, Lichfield, Fieldtown sometimes accompanied by our beast, Hob Nob.

We are named after the White Horse of Westbury, cut into the chalk hills above where we started and practice in Wylye every Wednesday at 7.30 from September until April. www.whitehorsemorris.org.uk

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.