With concerts from Sarah McQuaid, Adam Hurt from the USA, Dorset’s own Stompin’ Dave Allen and the Buffalo Gal’s Kate Lissauer and bands including, The Morris Boys, Jim Reynolds, State of Undress, The Frisbys, Folklaw, Galley Beggar, Hot Potatoes, Los Salvadores, Finian McGurk, Paul Openshaw, The Galleons, Bataleurs, The Bow Legged Skeeters, Alan Kirkpatrick, The Unprepared Jug Band, Joanna Weston, The Darling Mundaring, 1/2 of Murphys, The Devil's Rejects, Wareham Whalers, Pressgang, Island Voices, No Fixed Abode, The Tree Fellahs, Two Peas, Big Al Whittle, Lazibyrd and among others.
- As ever, most events are free but please give generously when you see the collecting buckets For details and updates of performances visit: www.wessexfolk.co.uk .
- From the 30th May, festival programmes are available for £1.00 at Weymouth Tourist Information Centre, Imagine Books, Bija, The Belvedere, The King's Arms, The Old Rooms Inn and during the Folk Session at the Sailor's Return.
Below: Highlights of the Wessex Folk Festival 2009
As well as music, Folk Dancers and Morris Dancers will be performing between 10.30am - 4.00pm along Trinty Road by the harbour. From traditional whites with bells to weird and wonderful, the highly dramatic and colourful!
Here is a list of dance teams that will be performing at the festival:-
|Morris Dancing at the Wessex Folk Festival|
Dorset Buttons Rapper
This men’s side from Wareham will be performing their own sword dances in various locations (mainly pubs) as suits them. Fast and furious intricate flexible swords. Look for white shirts, black breeched and red cummerbunds.
You can’t get more local than this Weymouth team, supporting the Festival again with their colourful swirl of old and new dances. Look for their splendid varied selection of Cotswold Morris performances.
Fleur De Lys
Fleur De Lys are a women's side from Godalming, Surrey. Their dances originate from several parts of England. Some are traditional and some are written by members of the side. Stave dances are based on the processional steps performed by the village friendly societies and they use several styles from the Cotswold area. They also perform some lively dances in the style of Border Morris from Herefordshire and Shropshire. FDL have also devised their own Farncombe tradition (partly due to the dearth of traditional material collected from this region).
Frome Valley Morris
Frome Valley Morris have been dancing Cotswold Morris for over 30 years in South and West Dorset, France, Germany etc, bringing their own interpretations of dance traditions from the South Midlands, including their own tunes and dances, all solidly within the wonderful spectacle that is Morris.
Hobos Morris from Poole perform Border style dances, mostly made up by themselves, often to cracking tunes written by members of the side. This makes for inventive lively action with super spirited musical accompaniment – or should that be the other way round. Don’t miss them.
Minden Rose is Alton's Garland Dance team, maintaining and developing traditional dances from England and beyond, and sharing this heritage with others. We dance in a variety of styles, in a costume based on Victorian farm workers, Minden Rose supports local events and travels further afield to take part in festivals and displays.
Red Stags Morris was formed in 1968 when a university student asked his chemistry lecturer if he would teach him the Morris. The response was, "Find me six people and I will teach you." The rest, as they say, is history - over 40 years of it! Currently they dance our own style of Border Morris with many of the dances researched, remembered or recreated by members of the side. Leading up to Christmas, they also perform a mummers' play based loosely on those collected from Hampshire. Their dancing has taken them all over the UK, Europe and to the USA for folk festivals, fêtes, weddings, birthdays, workshops and other events. Horace, Their red stag of over 35 years of age, sometimes comes out with them. He is shy and fragile but mischievous, based on the original university crest before the dolphin logo was dreamed up - keep a look out for him.
Sidmouth Steppers Ladies North West Morris was formed in 1998 following the 45th Sidmouth International Folk Festival. Most of the dances that the Sidmouth Steppers perform originated in the North of England and were performed by mill workers at holiday festivals and in processions. Clogs are used for most of the dances although shoes are used for the less energetic numbers. Other accessories used in the dances are bobbins and perns from the spinning mills, decorated sticks, garlands and handkerchiefs.
Wessex Morris Men
Wessex Morris Men were founded in 1957 by a group of young men (including the present Foreman, Don Byfleet) out of The White Horse Morris Men. The side is an all male side, dancing mainly in the Cotswold tradition. The side is an active member of the Morris Ring. They dance out, mainly in the late spring and summer months, around West Dorset and nearby. During summer they dance every Monday evening. Over the years, Wessex Morris Men have become associated with Cerne Abbas, in Dorset, and can be seen dancing on the old maypole site above the Giant's head at sunrise on May Day each year.
West Somerset Morris Men
West Somerset Morris Men were formed in 1965 and joined the Morris Ring in 1969. They are a small side with 8-10 dancers and 2-3 musicians usually turning out. They dance in the area approximately bounded by Bridgwater, Taunton, Dulverton and Lynmouth. Winter practice takes place at Halsway Manor – the National Centre for the Folk Arts. The kit consists of white shirt and socks with black breeches and shoes. Baldricks, tabards and ribbons are in purple, yellow and green to depict the heather, gorse and grass of Exmoor, the Brendons and the Quantocks
Whitethorn Morris are a ladies north west morris side from Harrow. The side was formed in 1977 and dance in characteristic red, white and blue kits. The dances are predominantly from Lancashire and Cheshire and the north west of England, performed in the style of north west London in inimitable Whitethorn fashion.
Whitethorn has performed at many festivals countrywide, including Sidmouth, Wimborne, Whitby, Chippenham, and Sheringham Festivals, and at Europeade in Quimper, Brittany and Prague Folklore Days in the Czech Republic.
- More information visit www.wessexfolk.co.uk