Morris dancing is a big part of Ely Folk Festival. With morris performances, a Saturday morning morris procession through Ely (kicks off 11.00am) 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 and in 2019 collected a magnificent £923.63 for Care Network Cambridgeshire which aims to help people to stay healthy, independent and in touch with their communities. A special thank you to Rockingham Rapper morris side who collected £259.24 of this. We will post up details of the fabulous morris sides we have booked to perform at the 2020 festival below, and in the meantime we’ll keep up details of all those sides who came and danced, and performed and spread morris cheer 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.
A mixed Cotswold morris side based in the Cambridge and South Fens area who leap high & dance energetically.
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.
Green Dragon Morris
A group of dancers who struggled with rants, capers and sticking and decided to take up border and northwest morris dances.