MORRIS SIDES 2018
MORRIS SIDES 2017
CHALFORD STICK CO. chalfordstickcompany.blogspot.co.uk/
Named after the industry of walking stick and umbrella handle manufacturing in the Chalford Valley in the 19th and 20th century. We are a Morris side who specialise in dancing jigs in the Cotswold tradition and are based in the Stroud Valleys.
ENGLAND’S GLORY MORRIS www.englandsglory.org.uk/
England’s Glory were formed in 1972, first dancing out in 1973 and are therefore one of the longest established ladies morris sides in the world! We are named after the historic brand of matches manufactured in Gloucester for about 100 years by the Morland family. We practise on Monday evenings at 8pm from September to the middle of April and from May to September, we dance outside pubs in Gloucestershire on Monday evenings as well as visiting folk festivals and appearing at village fetes and other local events.
FULL MOON MORRIS www.fullmoonmorris.co.uk/
Mixed Cotswold morris side, loosely based in South Wales. Formed in 1997 from dancers who belonged to other Morris sides in South Wales but wanted to ‘get out more’. The name comes from a small hamlet near Cross Keys. Though there is little to see now, the name lives on in a roundabout on the A367!
HAPPENSTANCE MORRIS happenstancemorris.org.uk/wp/
Happenstance is a mixed Border Morris side dancing to live music. We are based in Winchcombe, nestling in the shadow of Cleeve Hill. We meet on Thursday evenings in the winter and at various events in the summer months. Happenstance welcomes both men and women of all ages as dancers and musicianship.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE MORRIS MEN www.glosmorrismen.org/
The Gloucestershire Morris Men have been performing traditional Cotswold Morris dances for the last 80 and more years. Today they dance throughout the spring and summer months, each Tuesday night (see this year’s programme) at some of the wonderful countryside pubs we have scattered about the county.
Gloucestershire Mixed Morris gloucestershiremixedmorris.com
established in October 2016 by a few members of the Gloucestershire Morris Men and some enthusiastic new recruits! This side is a mixed side, meaning that we have male and female dancers. We dance in the Cotswold tradition with dances from Gloucestershire, we do stick dances, hanky dances and corner dances!
RAGGED & OLD MORRIS http://www.raggedandold.com
Ragged and Old Morris is a mixed dance side located near Stroud in Gloucestershire, performing newly created dances in the Cotswold style. Our Facebook and Twitter pages contain further information on recent activities.
Rag Morris www.ragmorris.com
are the Morris dance team attached to the University of Bristol and we have one of the longest continuous University connections in the country. Rag Morris are an officially recognised society of the University of Bristol Students’ Union, formed in 1981.
Rag Morris has acquired its own inimitable style over the last thirty years – energetic, colourful, comic, a bit ‘off-the-wall’ and certainly never boring. We wear brilliantly coloured ‘rag shirts’ and ribboned bells. Our repertoire comes from the dances of the Cotswolds and the Welsh Borders.
SABOTAGE CLOG https://www.facebook.com/sabotageclog
We are a group of clog dancers who meet in Cirencester and perform dances from England and further afield accompanied by live folk music. We are available to dance at events such as village fetes, folk festivals, weddings etc. New members are welcome.
STROUD MORRIS http://www.stroudmorris.org.uk
We usually dance on a Monday evening from May until September outside local pubs, but are in great demand to perform at events and festivals both in England and abroad. We’ve featured on Ashley Hutchings’ (Fairport Convention / Albion Band / Steeleye Span) “Grandson of Morris On” album and in the “Morris On” show.
STYX OF STROUD styxofstroud.com
Styx of Stroud is a mixed Border Morris side founded in 2013 to perform traditional and contemporary dances in the Border style. We wear traditional tattercoats, predominantly black, but with flashes of red and green to reflect the felt-making heritage of our home town of Stroud in Gloucestershire. Our faces are blackened to honour the original Border dancers who would blacken their faces with soot as a disguise to avoid prosecution for begging.
Clocs Canton www.clocscanton.co.uk
are a North West Morris dance group based in Cardiff, South Wales. We were formed in 1986 and dance North West Morris which is a distinctive type of morris using clogs. We perform at a variety of events – fetes, festivals and in pubs both around Cardiff and further afield.
Winterbourn Down Border Morris www.winterbourndownbordermorris.co.uk
is a dance side for men and women based just north-east of Bristol, performing mainly self-penned dances in the Border style. Summer evenings see us out and about, dancing at local pubs.
The Knights of King Ina www.koki.org.uk
are a Morris dance team specialising in the Solo and Duet dances known as Jigs in the Morris genre. The dances are drawn from many of the morris traditions and include dances choreographed by us using the styles and steps collected in the early 20th century. These dances were typically seen as competition or show off dances and only danced by those considered to be the best dancers in a team or side.
Malmesbury Morris www.malmesburymorris.org.uk
formed in the summer of 2004 to provide a local Morris Dancing group for the Malmesbury area. Despite the fact that morris dancing in Malmesbury can be traced back to at least 1641, the tradition did not survive the Industrial Revolution. Previously called called Malmesbury Mixed Morris we decided to change our name to Malmesbury Morris in September 2005 We perform mainly Cotswold and Border style dances both traditional and modern.
Fox’s Morris www.foxsmorris.org.uk
a mixed Border Morris Dance side, formed in 1999 and based in the Worcestershire village of Cookley. They dance both traditional dances from the Welsh Borders and contemporary dances in the Border-style