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. As part of the 2022 festival, the morris sides will collect on behalf of Ely Food Bank.
Details of some of the morris sides performing at Ely Folk Festival 2022 are posted below.
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.
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.
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.