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 2018, the morris sides collected a magnificent £808.57 for Centre 33 which provides a range of free and confidential services from free counselling and support to information on sexual health, housing, budgeting and also a young carers’ project – all to young people in Cambridgeshire. Below are some of the morris sides we have booked to perform at the 2019 festival.
Pig Dyke Molly
Do not adjust your vision! These are exuberant and monochrome molly dancers from the Peterborough area.
Pretty Grim is a Welsh Border Morris side based in the village of Blaxhall in 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.
Misfit Molly are a colourful molly dancing team based out of Walpole Cross Keys on the Norfolk/Lincolnshire border.
Sheffield City Morris
They dance in the Cotswold style, even if not always Cotswold as you will know it! Their dances come from either the ‘Medup’ tradition or the Bampton tradition, with a couple of Upton dances thrown in for good measure.
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.
Their first visit to the festival, Nonesuch Morris is a mixed Cotswold side from Bristol.
Great Yorkshire Morris
Their first visit to Ely Folk Festival! Great Yorkshire Morris is a men’s morris side, based in Pool-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire.
The King’s Morris
The King’s Morris was formed in 1978. They are a revival side from the KIng’s Lynn area and perform Cotswold Morris dances from many traditions across middle England.
Poacher Morris are Lincoln’s finest and original mixed Border Morris Team.
A mixed Cotswold side from the heart of Suffolk.
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.
The Haughley Hoofers are an enthusiastic group of clog dancers based in the picturesque village of Haughley, near Stowmarket.
SlackMaGirdle is a mixed Border Morris Side with a Steampunk twist which was formed in 2016. They hail from the Newmarket area.
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.
Devil’s Dyke Morris Men
A men’s Cotswold morris side based to the north & east of Cambridge.