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.

This year as part of the 2022 festival, the morris sides will collect on behalf of Ely Food Bank. We’re delighted that the ‘world-famous’ Ely Folk Festival morris dance parade will return to the streets of Ely city centre this year. Kicking off at 11am on Saturday 9 July, more than 10 morris teams will process along the High Street and through the market square, bringing music, colour, dance moves and a general air of festivity to Ely. Afterwards, the teams will dance in various spots around the city centre and collect contributions on behalf of our chosen charity for 2022 – Ely Food Bank. Details of where the morris teams will be dancing can be downloaded here Ely Folk Festival 2022 Morris Dance Schedule. They will also perform on the festival site where two morris dance workshops will take place on Sunday.

Morris sides we are delighted to welcome to Ely Folk Festival this year are:

  • Weekend sides – Ely & Littleport Riot; Rockingham Rapper; Yately Morris Men; Border Reivers Morris
  • Saturday only – Sutton Masque; Danegeld Morris; Ouse Washes Molly; Green Dragon; Coton Morris; Westrefelda
  • Sunday only – Pig Dyke Molly; Haughley Hoofers; Misfit Molly; Fenstanton Morris; Gog Magog Molly

More information about some of the local morris sides to look out for can be found below.

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Ely & Littleport Riot

Ely & Littleport Riot are a local border Morris side named after the bread riots of 1816. Look out for brightly coloured waistcoats and red hankies. Expect clashing sticks and swirling hankies in self-penned, as well as more widely known, dances. If you listen carefully you might hear some local places in the names of their dances.

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Coton Morris

Coton Morris are a mixed Cotswold Morris side. They spread their infectious
enthusiasm around Cambridge, Ely and sometimes various parts of Yorkshire. Coton Morris like nothing better than entertaining an audience whether outside a pub or at a folk festival.

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Sutton Masque

Sutton Masque is an energetic & flamboyant Morris side hailing from Sutton near Ely in the southern reaches of the Cambridgeshire fens. They dance in the tradition taken from the Welsh/English border counties. Easily recognisable by their green man inspired kit, the group continues to build a reputation for being one of the best border Morris sides in the country.