Dance Lineup

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

In 2023, we featured a great range of performers, and you can get a taste of what we offer by looking at the 2023 dance programme below.

2023 Dance Festival lineup:

A person wearing a hat and shoutinng.

Beltane Border Morris

Think Morris dancing is all bells and hankies and tea with the vicar? Think again.

Beltane welcome you to the Dark Side of Folk. With dances emerging from the myths, legends and wilds of Dartmoor, Beltane prove that morris dancing can be older than tradition. With shadowed inky faces and black tattered coats and hats, they dance a mostly self-penned repertoire to music drumming up the energy of the moor and share something ancient and mysterious with all who watch. Come find them and be amazed.

Four dancers in front of Glastonbury tor.

Glastonbury Border Morris

Glastonbury Border Morris Dancers formed in 2016. They embody the wild, theatrical, jovial side of the great Border Morris tradition. Their dances celebrate the turn of the seasons, the wild huntress and the crow ancestors. You can often find them at Glastonbury Market Cross and the surrounding streets, hills and orchards – they aim to entertain and to give you a taste of the infectious Morris magic, always good for a laugh! They are thrilled to perform at Priddy Folk Festival and dance alongside all the other superb Morris sides. 

A group of dancers in black and whitr costumes throwing their hats into the air.

Great Western Morris

Great Western Morris are from Exeter. Formed in the late 1960s, they have been dancing continuously ever since. Great Western entertain with “The Morris” rather than simply morris dance, involving everyone in the morris magic at every opportunity. They work hard on dancing well and honouring a living tradition, but first and foremost set out to engage, amuse and have fun.

Over the decades Great Western has performed at festivals and events across the UK and Ireland, in the Czech Republic, France, Italy, the United States and Canada. Later in 2023, they’re looking forward to a return trip to La Fiera Della Birra at Monte St Vito, Italy.

Most of Great Western’s dances are based on two ’traditions’ from Oxfordshire —Fieldtown and Bampton. Some are historic and some they’ve written themselves based on the traditional styles. They do their best to make them entertaining.

A group of dancers wearing green and blue outfits, one holding a fiddle.

No Mean Feet

No Mean Feet are a long-established Appalachian dance team based in Somerset. They perform traditional flat footing, tap and Irish dances in a lively style, choreographed by past and present members, and sporting brightly coloured costumes and hard-soled shoes with taps. They dance to the music of the Shoestring Band on guitar, fiddle and banjo.

A pair of dancing shoes in front of a brick wall with a blue door.

Off the Hoof

Off the Hoof was haphazardly formed in 2019 when step dancer Nickie Dailly brought her clogs to a student folk festival’s Morris tour on a whim, borrowed a willing musician from one of the teams, performed a few dances, and got invited to Priddy Folk Festival! Nickie has since danced at a number of folk events accompanied by whomever she can persuade to play music, and for Priddy 2023 is joined by dance musician and tunesmith MJ Searle. Expect a classy combination of captivating tunes and exciting percussive steps with a dash of playful spontaneity.

A group of morris dancers marching through a historic town centre.

Pigsty Morris

Pigsty Morris are a mixed Cotswold side from North Bristol, founded in 1988. They take their name from Pigsty Hill where they practise. Their repertoire is a mix of new and traditional dances mostly from the villages of Bampton, Bucknell, Adderbury, Fieldtown and Lichfield.

They dance out regularly in the Bristol area, but also perform at festivals and fairs around the country and further afield.

A group of dancers with sticks in front of a river and a city skyline.

Silver Flame Rapper

Fresh off the back of a win at the Dancing England Rapper Tournament, Silver Flame can’t wait to be back at Priddy Folk Festival this year.

Fun and fast dancing with ferocious music – come and marvel at how tired they can make themselves.

Fresh off the back of a win at the Dancing England Rapper Tournament, Silver Flame can’t wait to be back at Priddy Folk Festival this year.

A group of dancers in maroon and white costumes dancing outside a large church building.

Somerset Morris

Somerset Morris perform Cotswold Morris dances in the traditions of Ilmington, Bampton and Ducklington.

They also perform stave dances. These are unusual dances which originate from the Friendly Societies of the local area. These self-help societies were based in the villages and were at their most active during the 19th century. Each dancer carries a two-metre stave, crowned with a distinctive brass stave head and decorated with ribbons. Somerset Morris’s staves carry a variety of original heads, each design being the emblem of one of the Village Societies.

A group of people dancing in a marquee


 SomerStep is a group of musicians and step dancers, based near Crewkerne in Somerset, who aim to encourage social dancing and step dancing at informal occasions, using Dartmoor steps and freestyling Southern English Steps. The group also dances social dance reels using traditional steps collected during the mid-late 20th Century. They have musicians with an impressive repertoire of Dorset and Somerset traditional tunes.


As well as dance workshops and displays, we have two ceilidhs to delight your dancing feet.

Saturday, Village Hall

Our legendary Saturday night ceilidh is led by The Molecatchers with Alison Rowley as caller – expect lively tunes and a lot of fun!  Great Western Morris will be our interval act (at 20.45) when you can catch your breath and watch the experts get sweaty too.

Sunday, Eastwater

 Yatton Ceilidh Club comes to Priddy with the Lochrian Ceilidh Band! What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than at a family ceilidh with fellow dancers to encourage you? Yatton Ceilidh Club are a group of enthusiasts who meet in the North Somerset village of Yatton on Tuesday evenings under the tutelage of Alison Black.  Expect fun, some great dancing and energetic music – no previous experience required! Beltane Border Morris will be providing the interval display.

Dance workshops and much more…

Why not brush up on your dancing skills at one of our workshops? Our dance workshops will get you dancing everything from morris dances to Bhangra.

And finally, don’t forget that we’re also hosting a lively Fringe Festival with a strong focus on local folk musicians from around Somerset and the West Country. 

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