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 USUALLY 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.
However, as part of planning a safe 2021 Ely Folk Festival, we are unable to host the large number of morris displays we usually do, nor the morris dance procession in Ely on Saturday alas; however we are pleased that three local morris dance sides – Ely & Littleport Riot, Sutton Masque & Coton Morris will perform dance displays on Sunday morning on Stage 2.
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.
A mixed Cotswold morris side based in the Cambridge and South Fens area who leap high & dance energetically.
Sutton Masque is a mixed Border Morris dance side from Sutton-in-the-Isle in the southern reaches of the Cambridgeshire fens.