Dance Lineup

We pride ourselves on having a strong dance theme at the Priddy Folk Festival, including morris and display dance groups, ceilidhs and dance workshops.

We’re adding new artists to our great dance programme for 2024 – check back soon!

  • Tower Ravens

    Women dancers with swords

    Tower Ravens are London’s premier rapper sword dance team. Named after the feathered guardians of the Tower of London, they are accompanied by a brazen Beefeater. Displaying acrobatic prowess and nerves of steel, they’re held together by a love of sword dancing and liquid refreshment.

    “But what is rapper dancing?” we hear you say. Rapper sword dancing is a form of traditional dance which comes from the north east of England. The “swords” (inch wide strips of metal with a handle at each end) are used to make intricate locks and patterns whilst the dancers perform precise and neat stepping combined with fast and exciting movements.

  • Rag Morris

    Dancers throwing sticks

    Rag Morris is a vibrant and enthusiastic morris side based in Bristol. They dance with sticks, hankies, bare hands (and occasionally plastic chickens), accompanied by accordions, melodeons, fiddles, whistles and drums – and, of course, their trusty steed Rags the Horse. Their dances are mainly from Cotswold traditions, with just a dash of the Welsh Borders, and you can easily spot them in their eclectic multicoloured tatterjackets and bells. They are open to anyone over the age of 16, regardless of gender, experience or abilities, and they’re delighted to be back at Priddy this year!

  • Outside Capering Crew

    Morris Dancers

    The Outside Capering Crew presents morris dance for the 21st century: sometimes flashy, sometimes comic, and always with exhilarating music.  Their eclectic repertoire includes broom dances (tricky spins, throws and kick-ups) and brain-bending “bacca pipes” jigs – England’s answer to the Scottish sword dance, but more edgy. It’s all served up with a dash of showmanship (and a very silly horse. Or maybe a cow).

     Comprising of 5 energetic, handsome dancers and two gorgeous, elegant musicians, the Crew take pride in putting on a show that’s entertaining for the general public and morris aficionados alike.  All members of the team have been winners of the John Gasson Jig Competition at Sidmouth.  They have performed in America, Dubai, Sark and mainland Europe, and at major UK folk festivals.

  • Kittiwake Border Morris

    street dancers

    Kittiwake Border Morris are a heady mix of energy, youth, guys, sticks and joy! Swooping into formation in 2022, they perform dances from the Welsh border as well as their own made in Bristol, accompanied by a fantastic band of talented musicians. They are proudly LGBTQ+ inclusive welcoming members of every gender and identity. Come and watch a mesmerising show full of yips, yells and bells!

  • City Clickers

    dancers sat on a bench

    City Clickers Clog and Step Dance group from Bristol is among the country’s finest exponents of clog and step dancing. They perform clog dances from Northern England, Wales and Scotland.  Their performances are guaranteed to enthral as the hypnotic percussive rhythms of their clogs and step-shoes meld with melodic accordion and fiddle accompaniment. A treat to watch. They also run a day of clog and step workshops most years in October which are an important part of the step dance calendar. 

  • Catseye

    Dancers with sticks

    Catseye Morris is based in South East Cornwall. They started in 2004 as a border side but then dropped the tatters and border from their title in order to celebrate all Morris influences, taking inspiration from Border, Cotswold, Molly and Cornish dance. They are a creative side that sets them apart from others with a unique style, striving for accuracy and theatrics in all their dances.

  • Bounds of Selwood

    Street dancers

    The Bounds of Selwood are a Cotswold morris side from Frome and surrounding areas. The all-female side began dancing together in 2023, brought together by squire Gwen Burns and helped along by the knowledge and expertise of members of the 90-year old all-male side, The Bathampton Morris Men. The Bounds have had a joyful first year of dancing, celebrating the turning of the seasons at wassails, pubs, stone circles, markets, art galleries, weddings and festivals. 

  • Belle D’Vain North West Morris

    Women dancing

    Belle D’Vain were formed in 1989 by the wives and girlfriends of Pebworth Morris. Fed up with standing around, they decided to begin a Northwest side with help from Chinewrde. Their name comes from a once widely grown local plum called Belle D’Louvain – they also take our kit colours from the plum. They are based at The Fleece in Bretforton Worcestershire.

  • Aurora

    dancing in a marquee

    Aurora are an Appalachian step team based in Exeter who love to dance. Wearing colours seen in an aurora, they perform our high-energy dance routines at various festivals and fayres across the country, incorporating both traditional and flat-footing styles.