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.
Wrigley Head are just about the most authentic North West processional clog side left in England. They hail from Lancashire.
Danegeld Morris is a mixed North West side, which has been established for almost 30 years. They are based in Bredfield, Suffolk.
Ely & Littleport Riot
Local morris team, Ely & Littleport Riot, reflect the dark soil and individuality of the fens in their kit. They dance a border style of morris.
The Witchmen dance Morris from the Daarkside where pagan ritual dance meets street entertainment. Learn to dance like a Witchman at their workshop on Sunday morning.
Rockingham Rapper take their name from the Rockingham Forest of Northamptonshire. The team performs Rapper sword dances & Appalachian step dances.
Golden Star Morris is from Norwich & performs traditional Morris dances from the Cotswolds with sticks and hankies. They are accompanied by a Fool in his traditional smock and Champion, a wicker hobby horse. Golden Star will run a workshop on Sunday afternoon.
A morris team from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Boggart’s Breakfast’s style of dancing is based on the border tradition but borrows from other influences to create an original form.
The Devil’s Dyke Morris Men
Hailing from the Newmarket area of Suffolk, The Devil’s Dyke Morris Men mainly perform traditional dances which originated in the Cotswold area.
Based in West Suffolk, Green Dragon Morris combines North West and Border dances plus anything else that takes their fancy to create their own dance style.
Coton Morris is a mixed morris side based in the Cambridge and South Fens area that dances Cotswold style.
Westrefelda is a mixed morris team from Westerfield in Suffolk. They perform morris dances from the Cotswold area of England.
SlackMaGirdle is a Border Morris Side based in Newmarket, Suffolk. It is named after an ancient variety of cider apple – “Slack Ma Girdle”.
Hageneth Morris Men
Hageneth Morris Men are based in the village of Haughley near Stowmarket in Suffolk and perform dances from the Cotswold area of England in summer, and from the Welsh borders in winter.
Sutton Masque is a mixed Border Morris dance side from Sutton-in-the-Isle in the southern reaches of the Cambridgeshire fens.
Gog Magog Molly
The multicoloured menace of the fens! Gog Magog Molly draw from the traditional dances of the Cambridgeshire fens as well as a range of other inspirations all done with their own distinctive geometric precision and danced to a high-energy step-hop.
Hailing from the Huntingdonshire village of Fenstanton, and taking the lion from the squire’s coat of arms for their mascot, Fenstanton Morris performs dances performed from the Cotswold villages.
Granta Blue Morris is a mixed Cotswold side based in Cambridge. It is Cambridge’s youngest Cotswold side both in terms of average age and having formed in 2010.
Hailing from the Bury St Edmunds area of Suffolk, Milkmaid Molly draws on the traditional molly dancing traditions of the Fens. The team includes people with learning disabilities and their dance buddies.
AnnieMation is the new name for Colchester’s NW clog dancing side – always out to have fun! They spend long hours learning the dances in the winter, and sometimes get them right in the summer.