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. Originally based 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!!
Plus Many More Sides from which Details Are Awaited
Plum Jerkum Mixed Border All Weekend
Full Moon Morris Mixed Cotswold etc. All Weekend
Foxs Morris Mixed Border All Weekend
Barefoot Belly Dance Ladies Belly Dancing All Weekend
Golden Star Morris Mixed Cotswold All Weekend
Belly Fusion Dance Collective Ladies Tribal Belly Dance All Weekend
Dorset Buttons Mens Rapper All Weekend
Stone The Crows Mixed Border All Weekend
Wild Thyme Border Morris Mixed Border All Weekend
Ryknild Rabble Mixed Rapper Sword Clog & Border All Weekend
Lady Bay Revellers Mixed Cotswold All Weekend
Bakanalia Mixed Border All Weekend
Milltown Cloggies Ladies Northwest All Weekend
Styx of Stroud Mixed Border All Weekend
Owlswick Morris Mixed Cotswold plus Clog All Weekend
Carreg Las Mixed Border All Weekend
Masons’ Apron Ladies Northwest All Weekend
Sowerby Bridge Morris Dancers Unknown Northwest All Weekend
Flag Crackers of Craven Mixed Border All Weekend
Otter Morris Border All Weekend
Belle D’Vain Ladies Northwest All Weekend
Carlisle Sword & Clog Long Sword and clog All Weekend
Nancy Butterfly Ladies Northwest Saturday
White Hart Morris Men Mens Cotswold Saturday
Three Spires Morris Ladies Northwest Saturday
Lassington Oak Mens Cotswold Saturday
Faithful City Morris Men Mens Cotswold Saturday
Ironmen & Severn Gilders Both Women – North West; Men – Border Saturday
Royal Oak Morris Mixed Cotswold Saturday
Bradninch Millers Morris Mixed Cotswold, Stave, Molly, Border Saturday
Ledbury Morris Mixed Border Saturday
Beorma Morris mixed Saturday
Aziza!/Merrie Morgana Ladies Middle Eastern/Medieval Saturday
Aelfgythe Ladies Border Saturday
Old Speckled Hen Mixed Northwest Saturday
Anstey Morrismen Mens Cotswold Saturday
Folk Friendzy! Youth Various Sunday
Happenstance Border Morris Mixed Border Sunday
Cwmni Gwerin Pontypwl Mixed Welsh Folk Dancer Sunday
Ragged & Old Mixed Cotswold Style Sunday
Appleyard Ladies Traditional Display Sunday
Wild Oats Mixed Border Sunday