Morris sides for 2017
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.
Morris sides booked so far for the 2017 festival include old friends and new faces – and lots of great performances promised : Witchmen; Minnesota Trad Morris; Rockingham Rapper; The King’s Morris Renaissance; Granta Blue; Pig Dyke; Poacher Morris; Bury Fair;
Fiddlesticks; Green Dragon; Fenstanton; Devil’s Dyke Morris Men; Slack ma Girdle; Sutton Masque; Annie’s Fantasies; The Outside Capering Crew; Westrefelda; Gog Magog Molly; Kingston Morris, Milkmaid Molly; Coton Morris, Ely & Littleport Riot.
Despite torrential rain during their procession around Ely during the 2016 festival, the morris dance sides collected a magnificent £1062 for the festival’s chosen local charity for 2016 – Branching Out. The morris sides worked hard to entertain the crowds and collect for a great local charity – of particular note was Rockingham Rapper from Peterborough (pictured below) who managed to collect over £100 of the total. Ely Folk Festival is proud to support local charities and would like to thank the morris sides who worked so hard, and the generous people of Ely who contributed to the collection.
Oyster Morris hail from Kent and dance a vigorous Cotswold style of morris. They comprise both women's and men's sides, and put on a co ... more
Taking their name from a massive ancient earthwork near Reach in Cambridgeshire, Devil's Dyke Morris Men perform Cotswold morris dances ... more
Hailing from the Cambridgeshire area, this self-styled 'greatest morris side to grace then fens' men's side perform Cotswold dances. ... more
Regular and welcome visitors to the festival, Cambridge-based Gogs bring lots of colour, youth and vibrancy to the dance events. more
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 is the main colour of this Suffolk based side who perform border morris dances. They have dancers of all ages including the very, ... more
This men's cotswold side come from King's Lynn. The badges on their kit bear the ancient coat of arms of King's Lynn. more
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
These local dancing belles from the Fens are a riot of colour and perform their own version of border morris dances. more
Known for their distinctive green and yellow tattercoats, black faces and bells, and their loud, energetic and colourful dancing, Bourn ... more
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