Pre-Festival Friday Warm-Up in Weymouth Harbour Pubs 

Wessex Folk Festival

Weymouth Harbour  last weekend  May

Anonymous Morris is a friendly all-age energetic mixed Border Morris side, with a repertoire including original dances. Performing in purple tatters, we hail from the good town of Poole and locations around.
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!
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.

Cornucopia is an Appalachian Dance Group performing to a variety of American, Irish and British Folk music.  They are based in Grove, Oxfordshire.  The dance becomes part of the music as the sound of the dancer's feet creates a driving rhythmic background to the old-time American tunes.  They were filmed with Ellie Harrison for Country Tracks in 2010 at The King Alfred's Head in Wantage and perform at a number of Folk Festivals throughout the summer.  

You can look up their program here: http://cornucopia-dance.org.uk/diary/
And videos, photos and music can be found here: http://cornucopia-dance.org.uk/

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 .

Enigma Morris

Enigma are a border morris side from South Petherton in Somerset formed in 2014 & loving it! 

Practices are on Monday evenings 8-10pm from September – April, at South Petherton Methodist Hall.  We always welcome new members, both dancers & musicians. 

Contact [email protected]

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

Festus Derriman 

are a Federation mixed Cotswold side based at the Old Village Hall Upwey, nr Weymouth. Upwey is the village represented in Hardy's "The Trumpest Major" where the farmer Festus Derriman features. FD's spring colours and joyful interpretation of dances have made us and integral part of many local fayres and village fetes.

Fishbourne Mill Morris 
was founded in 1987 and is a mixed side dancing Cotswold Morris.  We are based in Chichester, West Sussex.
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.

Frome Valley Morris 
We have over 40 years 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.

Glastonbury Border Morris are an all inclusive side of eclectic characters, ranging in age all the way up to dancers in their 70's! They have been going for nearly 4 years now, but have only had a real core group for the last 2 years. Although they are a relatively new side, that doesn't stop them being full of passion and enthusiasm, and are part of nearly every local celebration in the Glastonbury area. 

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.
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.

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.

Newton Bushel Morris

The much acclaimed Newton Bushel Morris are a mixed traditional Cotswold side formed in 1972. We dance around the Torquay, Newton Abbot and South East Dartmoor areas of Devon. Following the usual Morris pattern we dance out on Thursday nights between May and September and practice during the winter months in Kingskerswell. Add in the usual mix of festivals, weddings and charity gigs and you have the busy side that is Newton Bushel!

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.

OBJ Morris
OBJ was formed a long time ago by people who just wanted to enjoy morris dancing.  We still do.
We're based in sunny Bracknell and we do Border Morris tolerably well. 
If you're passing, say hello, or if you're a musician, come and join in with a tune.

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]

Sääseümin from Turi in Estonia
Making a rare appearance in Dorset, this folk group from Turi, a Douzelage partner town with Sherborne, is proud to introduce a taste of Estonian culture to the Folk Festival. Brought together by a love and respect for their folklore and traditions, Sääseümin, the name reflecting the complexity and peculiarity of the Estonian language, is made up of young people with a shared enthusiasm for folk song and dance. With regular appearances in festivals both locally and nationally, enjoy a hint of what being Estonian is all about as they share some of their unique folk heritage in song and dance reflecting the folklore, magic and legend of their ancient and rich history.


SomerStep is group of musicians and step dancers based near Crewkerne in Somerset, who aim to encourage social dancing and step dancing at informal occasions.
We have musicians with an impressive repertoire of Dorset and Somerset traditional tunes. We have individual dancers who dance the steps of Dartmoor steppers Bob Cann and Les Rice and freestyle to southern English jigs, polkas and hornpipes.
As a group, we dance reels and step dances such as the Dorset four-hand reel, Cornish four-hand reel, and Wiltshire six handed Reel, where possible using traditional steps collected during the mid-late 20 th Century.
As the evening progresses, we like to engage the audience and dance some of the social dances collected in the New Forest, such as the Step Dance, Jackie Robinson and Bonnets So Blue. We are currently researching Somerset dance traditions such as East Coker Ribbon dances and Mendip Stepping

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.

Sweet Rapper – Ladies Rapper side

Formed in November 2004 from members of various morris sides we started practise with borrowed swords and help from Dorset Button Rapper. We studied videos, watched other rapper sides and attended a couple of workshops, hence our rather unique style.

Our musician, Katrina, wrote our music and plays for us on the fiddle.

Over the years we have lost and gained members and we are always looking for new recruits.

We practise fortnightly during the winter on a Tuesday evening in the Fordingbridge area.

Should anyone be interested in joining us please contact Ursula on [email protected] .

Tatter and Tails

We are a mixed Border Morris team with attitude. We are a team that's up for a laugh, with lots of energy, lots of dancing and lots of drinking!.

Uplyme Morris Men


The finest Morris dancers in all of Uplyme

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. 

West Somerset Morris
In 2018 the West Somerset Morris Men(1965) and the West Somerset Border Morris(2015) amalgamated to a mixed side as West Somerset Morris.
With 18 dancers and 5 musicians we dance Cotswold and Border in the area bounded by Taunton, Bridgwater, Dulverton and Porlock.
See our programme on www.westsomersetmorris.co.uk

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

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 

Wild Oats
Wild Oats perform mostly border dances and have written many of their own, or adapted  dances learnt at festivals. We were formed in 2003 as the local morris side did not accept women as dancers at that time. We aim to be a mixed side, all ages, we have a 9 year old dancer. We do have a website which is currently being updated and are on You Tube a couple of times when dancing up May Hill on May Day. Contact us for more details.

Wreckers Border Morris are a mixed side from the valley of the Tamar, the border between Cornwall and the U.K. We are a friendly and gregarious bunch who aim to have fun and put on a good show for everyone. We dance in Black and Gold, the traditional colours of the Cornish Kings. Unlike many border sides we don't black up our faces - we have no need to hide - we are proud of our Cornish roots and the tradition we maintain. We also travel further afield to festivals (Sidmouth, Chippenham, Lyme Regis, Upton on Severn, Ossett, to name a few); and the side has also performed in the USA and Germany. Some of our dances are traditional, but many of these have evolved over time, and new dances are being developed and written all the time. We now have upwards of 40 dances in our repertoire, making it something of a challenge to remember them all! Our motto says it all "Dance Like It Matters"

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.

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.  

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