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.
As part of planning a safe 2021 Ely Folk Festival, we are taking stock of whether morris dance performances can go ahead or not. In the meantime, below are some reminders of the wonderful morris sides who have performed at the festival in previous years.
Pig Dyke Molly
Do not adjust your vision! These are exuberant and monochrome molly dancers from the Peterborough area.
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.
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.
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.
Green Dragon Morris
A group of dancers who struggled with rants, capers and sticking and decided to take up border and northwest morris dances.