Local Morris & Group Dance websites:
Makara Morris, Bridlington
A Border Morris Team who train during the winter at Wansford Village Hall on Monday evenings at 7.30 p.m.
Rackaback Morris, Hull www.rackaback.com
A Hull based Border Morris Team who now train at St Vincent’s Primary school hall, Queen’s Road, Hull, on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. A copy of their recruiting flyer is at the bottom of this page.
Green Ginger Garland Dancers: A Hull based garland dancing troupe who now train at St Vincent’s Primary school hall, Queen’s Road, Hull at 8.00 p.m. Thursday nights. http://www.greengingergarland.com/
The Beverley Garland Dancers: Now practise in King’s Church Hall, off Swinemoor Lane in Beverley HU17 0JX on Thursday nights at 7.45 p.m. http://www.beverleygarlanddancers.co.uk/
Minster Strays: A York based Morris group who do both Cotswold and Border styles http://www.minsterstrays.org.uk/index.html
The Raving Maes: Hessle based. A rather unconventional take on Morris. Can be contacted on (01482) 629017 or through website www.theravingmaes.co.uk
Scarborough White Rose Garland Dancers. No website yet but can be contacted on 01723 582681 or by post to 9 Raven Close, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 4UE
Ravens Morris (preciously known as Shiptonthorpe Ravens): based in Shiptonthorpe Village Hall between Market Weighton & Pocklington and meet on Monday nights from 7.30 to 9 p.m. Another unconventional take with “steam punk Morris”. http://www.ravensmorris.com
Rhubarb Tarts: Wakefield based Mollie team http://www.rhubarbtarts.com/home
Wakefield Morris: Meet at the Methodist Hall in Horbury WF4 5LE Monday nights September through to May. Dance North West style Morris. http://www.wakefieldmorris.com/
Yorkshire Coast Morris are based in Scarborough and hold an annual weekend of dance to which other teams are invited. They perform border and Cotswold Morris. http://www.yorkshirecoastmorris.org.uk/ warning: website well out of date!
Teams from “over The Bridge”.
Grimsby Morris Men http://www.grimsbymorrismen.org.uk are a men’s team based in Grimsby (the name gives it away). 2017 was their Golden Anniversary year. They tend to dance Cotswold through the Summer and Border through the Winter.
The Herring Gals a recent North West Clog Morris side formed in Grimsby who performed at the Hull Day of Dance in 2016 and 2017. They work closely with Grimsby Morris Men. https://www.herringgals.co.uk/?q=node/1
Lincolnshire Poachers are a Lincoln based Border style group who are enjoying a new lease of life. http://www.poachermorris.org
Tatterfoals are a Scunthorpe based North West style team who were recently dancing at the 2014 Hull Folk Festival and can be seen on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVe4sX4S_n0 . Their website is not currently available but according to the Yorkshire Folk Arts Directory they can be contacted via Pam Cook on 01724 346382
The English Folk Dance and Song Society
The English Folk Dance and Song Society, based at Cecil Sharpe House in London, is at the centre of all things folk. Their website details resources, many free to download, for anyone in education or youth work.
The National Youth Folklore Troupe of England . Usually known as “Nifty”, this is the Shangrila for young people 10 to 18 who are seriously bitten by the folk bug and enjoy the parental support to indulge it. I have seen these children in performance and their excellence is awesome.
The Great Caper http://www.thegreatcaper.co.uk is a Bristol based collective promoting Morris among young people in the South and South West of England.
Back to the Quarry http://www.backtothequarry.net is a group promoting the local Cotswold style in Oxford. Their educational resources page includes a free downloadable teacher’s pack and links to other educational resources. You can also access some of their videos of cross curricular work with children by typing “Back to the Quarry” into the search bar on Youtube.
Hallamshire Traditions http://www.hallamtrads.co.uk/Home.html is run by Paul & Liz Davenport. They work with schools and young people in the West Riding and East Midlands. Paul is noted for his research and projects and one of his past projects was researching the Ploughboys’ dances in the Aldborough region of Holderness.
The Mini Morris http://www.minimorris.co.uk/education/ is Lincoln based and operates in the Lincolnshire and East Midlands area bringing traditional song, music and dance to schools and youth organisations.
Tradamis http://www.tradamis.org is a charity promoting traditional dance and music in schools, mainly in the Hertfordshire and Home Counties area. They also produce themed packages tied to the History curriculum.
The Historical Dance Society (registered charity 270896) http://www.dhds.org.uk
Not strictly Morris but if you are interested in trying out historical social dance from the medieval and Tudor periods, they hold workshops for dancers and musicians.
No dance experience needed for the dance workshops.
The music workshops will be suitable for modern and historical instruments and music will be provided in advance. There will be expert tuition and subsidised charges.
The Morris Shop, http://www.themorrisshop.com was part of the Morris Ring but now operates independently for the sale of Morris related items, including bells and swords.
Morris Hey, http://www.morrishey.co.uk sells a video teaching package for schools wanting to teach Morris without outside help.
Hull Folk Dance Club. Meets every Tuesday Evening from 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm at the Darby & Joan Hall in Finkle Street, Cottingham. “Visitors and new members are always made welcome. A partner is not essential, so please feel able to join us even if you are on your own. Dancing is to recorded music and all dances are walked through before being set to music.” http://www.hullfolkdanceclub.btck.co.uk .
They have just celebrated their centenary, a brilliant feat. A copy of their flyer is at the bottom of this page.
The Holderness Folk Dance Club. Meets on Mondays at Coniston Village Hall, Swine Lane, Coniston HU11 4JS Beginners welcome, accompanied or alone. Further info from Richard on (01482) 871271 or visit http://www.holdernessfdc.btck.co.uk . First visit free.
folkdance.me is a recently launched website has been created to help people find English Folk Dance activities near Kingston upon Hull and other places within the County of Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Folk Arts Directory: As it’s name suggests, it covers folk clubs, dance teams, from all world disciplines operating in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Well worth a browse for anyone interested in folk arts. We are listed too! http://www.yorkshire-folk-arts.com/index.html
Folktalk: A directory of folk activities covering Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire. http://www.folktalk.co.uk/talk2.htm
Freaks in the Peaks: Informal learning and dancing weekends. Beginners are welcome and it is a useful introduction for people wanting to “dip a toe in the water”. http://www.freaksinthepeaks.com/
Whitby Folk Week: The place to see all forms of traditional dance. http://www.whitbyfolk.co.uk/
Yorkshire Garland: Collection of traditional songs http://www.yorkshirefolksong.net/
Not The White Horse Folk Club: Now meeting mainly at the Conservative Club, North Bar Without in Beverley, 8.30 p.m. Monday nights (closed Bank Holidays). They do move about a bit so check the website before you go. http://www.whfolk.co.uk/home.htm
The Minerva on Hull’s riverfront hosts occasional sessions and Morris dance outs. http://www.minerva-hull.co.uk/
The Ship Inn, Dunswell (Between Hull & Beverley): Hosts occasional Morris Dance outs and will host the 2017 St George’s day meeting. http://www.shipsquarters.co.uk/
The Tiger Inn, Beverley: Hosts regular sessions and occasional Morris dance outs. www.tiger–inn–beverley.co.uk
Hessle Ceilidh Band: Play music for traditional ceilidhs, otherwise known as barn dances or country dances. http://hessleceilidhband.com/
Youtube videos of local groups at the 2014 Hull Folk Festival:
Green Ginger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0G07H3k9dU
Raving Maes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTWgBCIMSAI
Final Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_oOApfdzXw
Other websites by the webmaster
www.spainbycar.wordpress.com A blog site giving information and personal anecdotes to anyone considering travelling from Britain or Ireland to Spain by car.
www.onlyinhull.wordpress.com A poetry site, mainly humourous. Many of the poems were performed in Spain by Hull born Terri Horvath.
http://www.withbelzon.wordpress.com A dedicated website concerned with the Kingston Upon Hull Day of Traditional Dance. A once a year spectacular. The latest one was in July 2016. Why not have a look at the gallery?