Dance at GTSF 2019

Loads of dance to take part in and entertain you at GTSF 2019. 

See the ceilidh programme here

And dance workshops as part of the workshop programme here

There will be a procession on traditional dancing through the centre of Southwell on Saturday morning, plus sides appearing at pubs over the weekend.

Download the detailed morris dance programme here  

A male Cotswold side from Leicestershire, sponsored by their local Brewery. Now in their 36th year, this handsome bunch of gentlemen ( their words not ours!) have performed their rigorous hanky and stick dances at most recent Gate to Southwell Festivals. Feel free to buy them beer if you see them!

Anstey Morris

Bishop’s Morris is a mixed, community side of all ages. They dance predominantly Longsword and Cotswold morris dances, some traditional and some which they have developed recently. They practise in Lincoln on Tuesday evenings and new dancers and musicians are always welcome – no experience needed.

Bishop’s Morris

Dukes Dandy was formed in Retford, Nottinghamshire in 1981. The team's first booking was a fund-raising event for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and the team were dancing in “dandy” (Sunday best) clogs, so that was how the name developed. Dukes Dandy’s core repertoire is traditional clog step dances from Lancashire, the North East of England and Cumbria, but we also include some Irish, Welsh and Scottish routines. Individual team members have won numerous clog dancing competitions, can be found leading step dance workshops at folk and dance festivals around the country and are regular competition adjudicators. Some years ago, Duke’s Dandy joined forces with Green Ginger, from the Hull area - a team with a fine pedigree - and we have been sharing knowledge and dances ever since. Although the team is still based in Retford, dancers now travel from as far afield as Kent, Humberside and Cornwall.

Dukes Dandy Clog

Grimsby Morris Men were formed in 1967 and dance all year round. In the summer they dance in the Cotswold tradition, wearing the kit pictured. In the winter they dance in the Boarder tradition, so named as it is their take on Border Morris, inspired by Stanley their Hobby Boar. At this time of year they wear rag coats and an assortment of facial daubings. They also perform traditional Lincolnshire Plough Plays either side of Christmas.

Grimsby Morris

Exciting, energetic and uplifting for both dancers and audience members. Harlequin Morris are a lively young dance side formed back in June 2013 by a small group of friends from around the country. Their aim is to learn and dance more difficult and challenging Cotswold Morris traditions in a polished manner

Harlequin Morris

The Kitchen Taps come from Otley, West Yorkshire, and perform traditional Appalachian Dance to authentic Bluegrass and Mountain music. They are well known for their lively and intricate routines, and have performed at festivals up and down the country for over 15 years. The dancers are backed by their 4 piece band who play a range of bluegrass and old time music on traditional instruments. They are rightly proud of their complex, foot tapping tunes.

Kitchen Tap Appalachian Dancers

Koyuki Tribal , formerly Nottingham Tribal Belly Dance. Come and see them at their favourite festival of the year! Often noticed because of the elaborate costumes, fancy steps, exciting music, and sheer beauty of women dancing together, formations and cues are the anchor of improvisational choreography practised by dance groups like Koyuki

Koyuki Tribal

Lady Bay Revellers Morris were formed in 1992 and have gone from strength to strength, practicing during the winter months, learning new dances and polishing up old ones. They are a mixed team and have a very active and varied calendar and social life, dancing throughout the year at local and charity events and festivals around England.They tour with other Morris teams and every summer we dance internationally. They dance Cotswold Morris in the following traditions: Bledington, Bampton, Fieldtown, Ilmington and Oddington plus numerous others during the summer, and Border and Molly during the winter months when we’re recognised in our colourful rag coats and painted faces.

Lady Bay Revellers

Southwell’s Micklebarrow Morris Men are named after the hill just outside Southwell. In January 2001 they joined with the Lincoln Morris Men to create ‘The Lincoln Micklebarrow Morris Men’. Their badge comprises Lincoln’s famous Imp, inside a Southwell Bramley Apple. Lincoln Micklebarrow dance Cotswold Morris.

Lincoln Micklebarrow Morrismen

Based in Nottingham; Mortimer’s Morris was founded to promote excellence in practice, and continue to perform high-impact precision dances in the North West style. In eye-catching ribbon waistcoats, the dancers are ably accompanied by their black-hatted musicians. Their stylish renditions of zesty Euro-tunes, played on an unusual and diverse range of instruments, always attract attention.

Mortimer’s Morris

Old School Rapper are based in Horham, Suffolk. They perform sword dances from the Rapper tradition of the mining villages of the north east of England. A talented bunch they also do some Clog dancing, Cotswold morris, singing and playing music. Catch them at Festivals and Days of Dance throughout the summer.

Old School Rappers

Old Speckled Hen was started in 1992 and was named after one of the beers from the Morland Brewery in Abingdon. They are a mixed side based at Milton Heights near Abingdon and Didcot, but members travel far and wide to attend practices. They dance North West Morris and can be seen dancing at local pubs, fetes and festivals throughout the Summer.

Old Speckled Hen

Poacher Morris are Lincoln’s finest and original mixed Border Morris Team who perform lively and energetic dances. They take their name from the song ‘The Lincolnshire Poacher’ and perform the dances of the Welsh Border tradition in their own “wild and exuberant” style. As a Border side they carry on the tradition of disguise with their own distinctive colours. Black to represent the border tradition and yellow for the Lincolnshire “yellowbelly’.

Poacher Morris

Rattlejag Morris is a local mixed side dancing from a tradition of Plough Morris based on dances from Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and East Yorkshire. In some dances rattles are used, others use brooms, sticks, ‘baccapipes’ or swords. Each member of the side uses a different colour paint and ribbons to give the whole group a multi-colour effect. Local dance tunes accompany their dances.

Rattlejag Morris

The Rhubarb Tarts hail from the famous Rhubarb Triangle in West Yorkshire. They dance in the Molly tradition from the Fenlands and call themselves Tarts as most of them also dance with other Morris sides. They wear the colours of that noble culinary veg – green, pink, red, yellow and make no excuses their flamboyant and often ridiculous costumes.

Rhubarb Tarts

Stone the Crows are a Border Morris side from Leyland in Lancashire. They are very much part of a living tradition with a reputation for their lively and entertaining dancing. Some of the dances they perform are traditional, collected from the counties along the Welsh border, while others demonstrate a modern collecting and sharing of tunes and dances between fellow Border teams.

Stone The Crows

A new Cotswold Morris Side based locally at Sutton on Trent. A new side maybe but made up of experienced musicians and dancers from other local sides and some venturing into this wonderful world of Morris Dancing for the first time. They will be joining us on the Saturday when we eagerly wait to see the side in their full regalia!

Trentside Holmes Morris

It’s 33 years since the Witchmen sprang into life! Doesn’t time fly! They are still dancing after all this time and - some would say - getting better and better! The Witchmen are masters of the ‘other’ morris, the kind with a slight pagan bias. With black faces and clad in black and amber they dance with energy and excitement to driving rhythms – the result is quite primal.


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