Morris dancers come to town for FolkWeek

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 August 2018

Morris men on the seafront: Picture by Kyle  Baker Photography

Morris men on the seafront: Picture by Kyle Baker Photography

Kyle Baker Photography

Morris dancers and other well-loved traditional acts throughout the week

The Clausentum Morris, performing last year at Folk Week last year: Picture by Kyle Baker PhotographyThe Clausentum Morris, performing last year at Folk Week last year: Picture by Kyle Baker Photography

A diverse range of engaging and exuberant dance traditions are showcased and celebrated in dance displays, processions, lunchtime Meet-The-Teams, the legendary John Gasson Jig Competition and special events held throughout the week.

Expect to encounter Cotswold and Border Morris, Appalachian and English cloggers, rappers, steppers and Cornish styles among the bell-jingling, stick-clashing and clog-stomping throng!

Morris Wednesday in Blackmore Gardens Marquee features the infamous Morris Party hosted by Hammersmith Morris Men, and includes performances by Camden Clog, Chiltern Hundreds, Tower Ravens and, of course, the world famous ‘Smiffs’ themselves!

Then, from 9pm, there’s a ceilidh dance with the Diatonics and callers Gordon Potts and Nick Walden.

Dance teams invited to perform through the week include: Camden Clog, Chiltern Hundreds Clog Morris, Feet First Appalachian Cloggers, Great Western Morris, Hammersmith Morris Men, Kemysk Cornish Dancers, Thrales Rapper, Wreckers Border Morris and Whip The Cat Rapper And Clog.

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