FolkStation 2012 Dancers


Dance teams attending all weekend


Ladies Border Morris Team

Taking the name from which Alvechurch (in the North East of Worcestershire) derived, Aelfgythe are a ladies border Morris side who dance with sticks and the traditional black faces.  They dance in black and silver rag jackets, and top hats decorated with feathers, badges, sequins, mirrors, flowers and ribbons.  They have become a regular and welcome feature of the festival, having attended for the last 2 years.


Bloodstone Border Morris

The Island’s own Border Morris team, named after Bloodstone Copse, the source of the Monkton Mead which flows into Ryde.  It is said that this was the site of an epic battle between the Saxons and the Danes, where so much blood was spilt it coloured the stones at the spring blood red.  Or it could be that the stones are a red colour due to algae growing there.



Long Man Morris

From Eastbourne, East Sussex, Long Man MM formed in 1978 to perpetuate the English folk dance tradition of Morris dancing, and are Eastbourne's premier Cotswold Morris dance group.

"We are honoured to be the custodians of a living morris dancing tradition which we have called the 'Wilmington' tradition.  Wilmington is a pictureque village within the South Downs overlooked by the 'The Long Man of Wilmington' from who we take our club name and badge".


Men of Wight

The side was formed on the Island in 1970, and has been dancing solidly ever since.  The dances we do come mostly from the Cotswolds, though there are a few from elsewhere in the country, and we have even been known to do the odd bit of sword dancing.



Mr Baker's Dozen

Mr Baker's Dozen meandered into existence some time in the late nineties, brainchild of its founder and perpetual Squire, Mr Baker himself.  From the start, its mission statement was to do all those things that the other dance sides on the island didn't do.  Mr Baker's Dozen is there to step in the breach and handle everything else.
Street dancing? Yup, we do it. Molly dancing? Yup, we do it (though it kills our legs.) Border? Check! Playford? Of course! Country dancing? Yes. We even perform a sheet dance, a portable Maypole dance, and a drinking dance!



The Widders

The Widders Welsh Border Morris from Chepstow, are a dedicated group of border folk who love to dance and demonstrate the traditional and contemporary dances of the Welsh English borders. We black our faces in the traditional way as a means of disguise. We are dynamic and colouful.



Customs and Exiles


Teams attending on Sunday only

Oyster Girls

The Oyster Girls is a ladies’ Morris dance side from the Isle of Wight and has been dancing since 1981. The very first dance that the group learned was the tune ‘Mobberly’ danced to the tune of ‘The Oyster Girl’ hence the name.  We dance mainly in the north-west tradition of Morris dancing, and wear clogs. Many of our dances originate from the north-west of England (or the ‘mainland as we call it), but others we have made up in a similar style. We call it the Isle of Wight tradition and it is very very old, dating all the way back to the  last Millennium !
You will probably recognise us by our bright green dresses with a frill of gold and red, and our green clogs.


Wight Bells

The Wight Bells are a ladies Morris side based on the Isle of Wight who dance in the North West tradition.  Our roots began in 1998 and we started dancing out in May 1999.  Our dances are named after some of these local places.
Morrison is not just a local friendly grocers's shop
It's the shout of the Men of Wight Morris as they start to hop.
Leather straps, silver buckles and bells a jingling
With hankies flopping, they set many a Wight maid's heart a tingling.

The Wight Bells ladies promenade two by two
In lime green stockings and dresses of blue.
In rows of three they advance in steps of four
Holding sticks in the right hand, they reverse to the start once more.

Spinning and twirling pom poms of white
Cracking hazel sticks to the left and the right.
A full reel of three across and around
They repeat the do-si-do, garland up, garlands down.
Repetitive sixteen bar tunes accompany the ladies' fun
Melodeon,drum, accordion,fiddle and bodhran.
Ruffled shirts, waistcoats,breeches, stockings and a bowler hat
Visitors hold up their phones to take pictures of the musicians dressed like that.

Everyone smiles when they're stamping and dancing in clogs and a pretty dress.
Twirling and burling - it's healthy exercise and gets rid of stress.
Dancers claim it's the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
So join in when you hear the shout - "MORRIS ON".



Guith Carnival Morris

Guith Carnival Morris formed in 2010, named from its link to the now defunct Carnival Learning Centre and the name of our Island in the mythical time before the Romans and Saxons named it.

The mixed side for adults dances in the Cotswold and Welsh Border styles of dancing.  We have also researched and deciphered some dances discovered from the mysterious hamlet of Madeupun, lying in the wilderness area of the Island between Godshill and Niton, otherwise known as dances we made up!!

Guith wishes to maintain the style of dance as was collected and developed through the early part of the last century but also to maintain an element of fun in the performance of them.


Mystical Fusion Belly Dancers

Mystical Fusion are a group of belly dancers from the Southampton area. They are a blend of women from different dance backgrounds who have come together with the shared love of Arabic dance. They are women of different ages and sizes and there is something for everyone
We try to fuse our different dance styles together and mix Flamenco and Bollywood amongst other styles with our belly dance. This group have been running for approximately 8 years, some of the dancers though have only been in the group for a few months. For some this is their first public performance.







This event is organised by FolkStation Limited