MORRIS SIDES 2018 – running order 2018



England’s Glory Ladies Morris 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.



Ragged and Old Morris is a mixed dance side, formed in 1985 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 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 is 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.


 Gwerinwyr Gwent is a Welsh folk dance team aiming to keep alive the culture and tradition of Welsh music and dance. The team was formed in 1976 by eight people from the Gwent area who were interested in Welsh folk dancing. The name of the team can be translated as “folk-people of Gwent” We dance just for pleasure, although we take part in festivals and demonstrations both in Wales and Europe



Stroud Morris usually dance on a Monday evening from May until September outside local pubs, Stroud Morris Men were formed in 1978, and were joined rapidly by Stroud Morris Ladies to make up two sides. Gradually, the Morris Men have left, and Stroud Morris Ladies have persisted, so we are now a ladies’ side.

Malmesbury Morris was 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 are 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


Miserden Morris was 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!


Nancy Butterfly were formed in 1980. We dance in the North-West Morris tradition. This is a style which is both exuberant, energetic and keeps you fit! Amongst the many things which distinguish it from the other Morris traditions are the distinctive clogs which can be seen and heard during our performances.
We dance at Folk Festivals and welcome bookings to dance at local events, pubs, and inns.


Tatters and Tails – In 2012 friends from across Bristol, Bath and Wiltshire talked about starting a border team. A few months later, after a slow start, 5 dancers and an Iphone as our band we ’borrowed’ some musicians ready to don our tatter tail coats for our first dance out at Chippenham folk festival. We now dance at pubs across the south west throughout the summer, have performed for fete’s and charity fund raisers, as well as Folk Festivals and Morris gatherings

  Appleyard were formed in 1991 to add some sparkle to Upton-upon-Severn Oak Apple Day celebrations. Our mascot is a duck, as our name is taken from the pretty silver and green Appleyard Duck.
We enjoy performing a wide range of dances — morris, border, folk, originating from all over the UK, many traditionally performed by women. Some have historical significance and have been passed down the generations. Some dances we modify to suit our group and some we construct ourselves to mark a special occasion or event, all using traditional steps.

  The Knights of King Ina 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.


The Stroud Wassailers were formed in 2016 with the aim of taking the Stroud Wassail on tour. They have performed songs and plays in more than 20 venues around the county including Johnny Coppin’s “All on a Winter’s Night” show at the Subscription Rooms.
The emphasis is on audience participation. You are invited to sing along, to cheer and to heckle. Just bear in mind that the Wassailers may also heckle back. The traditional greeting for the Wassailers is “Waes Hael” (Be of good health) and the traditional reply is Drinc Hael” (drink healthily). 10:15 am Saturday in the Subs Forecourt and ???pm Museum in the Park


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