2018 was an excellent year for traditional dance displays during the festival with a lot of old friends and some new ones. The town was heaving with 56 groups attending over the weekend and a stunning procession led by The Mayor of Upton and the Festival Chairman escorted by Charles Gerard, his Rgt of Foote from The Sealed Knot
The two workshops on the Dances of Upton were well attended and very enjoyable. If anyone would like copies of the notation for The Innocent Hare adaptation of the Upton stick dance (free of charge by email) or “The Roots Of WELSH BORDER MORRIS” by Dave Jones (£5 plus p&p) please contact me via Squire@UptonFolk.ORG.
Next Year – much of the same – if you were invited this year, you will be invited again next year – if you were not invited but would like to be, please email me with the details of your group, style of dancing etc. at Squire@UptonFolk.ORG and I will send you an invitation in the latter part of this year.
Richard Hannah – Squire
From Worcester city, now in their 41st year dancing Cotswold Dances
a North West Morris dance group based in Canton, Cardiff, formed in 1986
Border Morris side of female dancers and mixed band. Our 25th anniversary this year
Started in 1999, all members of ‘the Friends of Cookley School’ or FOCS – hence FOCS Morris, later Foxs Morris
from Cheltenham, will dance “Medieval Fusion” – their own compilation of middle eastern/fusion styles.
Carreg Las is a mixed border Morris dance side based in Abergwili near Carmarthen.
Based in Highnam, Gloucester, dancing Costwold Morris dances from various traditions.
Meon Valley Morris
English morris/swing fusion dance side incorporating double jigs in both Clog-Jump Jive and Cotswold-Boogie
Flag Crackers of Craven
A mixed Border side from
Skipton,. They black up and wear clogs and colourful rag jackets.
Aelfgythe Border Morris
Aelfgythe are based in the village of Alvechurch and have just celebrated their 10th anniversary
Royal Oak Morris
The side mainly dance dances from the Cotswold villages with a particular focus on the village of Badby
Three Spires Morris
A women’s North-West side formed in 1982 and taking its name from Lichfield’s three-spired Cathedral
Cwmni Gwerin Pontypwl
Founded in 1983 aiming to keep alive the culture and tradition of Welsh music and dance
The Tattered Court
Based in Cheltenham, founded in 2016, a mixed border morris side who write their own dances.
Bare Bones Morris
Started in 1985 by a group of friends in the pub who thought it seemed like a good idea!
Severn Sisters Tribal
Formed in 2012 and based in Ironbridge, Shropshire, Severn Sisters dance in a tribal improvisational belly dance style.
A mixed side from Birmingham performing mostly self written dances loosely based on the North West Clog Morris Tradition.
Dorset Buttons Morris
A male rapper sword dance side from Wareham formed about 27 years ago. They are most unusual in dancing rapper wearing clogs
Formed in 1980, the mixed side perform dances from the Cotswolds and the England-Wales Borders, plus new dances in traditional style.
White Hart Morris
Founded in 1972, and dancing mostly in the Cotwold tradition. Once at the White Hart Inn at Redditch, now at the Holly Bush in Alcester.
Bow Brook Border Morris
A Welsh Border Morris Side from Upton Snodsbury performing local dances formed in 2015. They have a unique MC!!
Old Speckled Hen Morris
Usually practice at Milton Heights near Didcot but you will see us at various festivals or days of dance this year.
Les Berriauds de Vierzon
A dance side from the Berry region of Central France formed in 1961.
Golden Star Morris
Celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year after being formed in the pub of the same name in Norwich. Watch out for our famous wicker hobby horse ‘Champion!’
From Worcestershire and approaching their 40th anniversary, they dance traditional and self penned dances in the North West style.
Iron Men & Severn Gilders
Based in Ironbridge, since 1976, they are one side with two traditional Morris styles all danced to the rousing music of their foot-tapping band
Full Moon Morris
A mixed side based in South Wales – but also from further afield – who perform mostly Cotswold traditions including Headington, Fieldtown and Lichfield
Have been performing at Upton Folk Festival for almost as long as it has existed and always anticipate a fantastic weekend with sides local and far-flung!
Beorma Morris have been dumping tradition on the unwary since 2012. A Border side; “there’s probably something else at play here” Tom Besford
A high energy border morris side based in the Otter Valley, East Devon
Plus Many More Sides from which Details Now Look a Bit Unlikely
|Alvechurch Morris Men|
|Bare Bones Border Morris|
|Barefoot Belly Dance|
|Belly Fusion Dance Collective|
|Black Adder Clog Morris|
|Bow Brook Border Morris|
|Bradninch Millers Morris|
|Bunnies From Hell|
|Carlisle Sword & Clog|
|Cwmni Gwerin Pontypwl|
|Faithful City MM|
|Flag Crackers of Craven|
|Full Moon Morris|
|Golden Star Morris|
|Happenstance Border Morris|
|Ironmen & Severn Gilders|
|Lady Bay Revellers|
|Les Berriauds de Vierzon|
|Old Speckled Hen|
|Ragged & Old|
|Raise the dust|
|Royal Oak Morris|
|Silurian Morris Men|
|Sowerby Bridge Morris Dancers|
|Stone The Crows|
|Styx of Stroud|
|The Tattered Court|
|Three Spires Morris|
|White Hart Morris Men|
|Wild Thyme Border Morris|