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Morris sides for 2018


Morris dancing is a big part of Ely Folk Festival. With morris performances, a Saturday morning morris procession through Ely and dance workshops over the weekend, there is lots of colour, noise and artfully executed dance moves. The morris sides also collect on behalf of our chosen charity each year. In 2017, the morris sides collected a magnificent £1250 on behalf of the Magpas Air Ambulance which brings crucial lifesaving care by land and air to patients in life-threatening emergencies in the East of England and beyond.

Morris sides performing at the 2018 festival will include old friends and new faces., and are listed below.

 Wrigleys  Wrigley Head are just about the most authentic North West processional clog side left in England, they claim that accolade as they do traditional called dances rather than set pieces and they seldom practice. This for them is a living tradition, it is not an alternative to Zumba, nor a polished performance done for tourists. Their ageing profile makes for some challenges due to the fast  pace of the original dances they learnt, and the predicable mistakes just add to the fun of the spectacle.

Danegold   Danegeld Morris is a mixed North West side, which has been established for almost 30 years. They are based in Bredfield, Suffolk.

DDMM   Devil’s Dyke Morris Men have been entertaining people in and around the Cambridge and Newmarket area with Cotswold Morris Dances, since 1981. Their name comes from the 6th/7th century earthwork which stretches seven miles from Woodditton to Reach.

 Green Dragon Morris   Green Dragon Morris is a family orientated Border Morris Side based in Bury St Edmunds. They have a repertoire of Border & other stick dances, some invented & others learnt from the many sides they meet.

Hageneth morris  Hageneth Morris Men perform dances from the Cotswold area of England in summer, and from the Welsh borders in winter. The side comes from the village of Haughley near Stowmarket in Suffolk.

Coton  Coton Morris is a mixed Cotswold morris side based in the Cambridge and South Fens area.

The Devil’s Dyke Morris Men

Taking their name from a massive ancient earthwork near Reach in Cambridgeshire, Devil's Dyke Morris Men perform Cotswold morris dances ... more


Coton Morris Men

Hailing from the Cambridgeshire area, this self-styled 'greatest morris side to grace then fens' men's side perform Cotswold dances. ... more


Gog Magog Molly

Regular and welcome visitors to the festival, Cambridge-based Gogs bring lots of colour, youth and vibrancy to the dance events. more


Milkmaid Molly

One of the newest molly dance teams around. Milkmaid Molly hail from Bury St Edmunds & we're delighted to see them return to Ely Folk F ... more


Green Dragon Morris

Green is the main colour of this Suffolk based side who perform border morris dances. They have dancers of all ages including the very, ... more


Rockingham Rapper

Energetic purveyors of rappersword dancing, Rockingham will amaze with their dexterity and sleights of hand and feet. ... more



Hailing from the Daaarkside, these regular visitors to the festival dressed in black and amber combine ritual dance with street enterta ... more


Ely & Littleport Riot

These local dancing belles from the Fens are a riot of colour and perform their own version of border morris dances. more



Festival morris events will be listed here




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