Organistations

The Morris Federation
The Morris Federation is a United Kingdom association of self-governing Morris clubs.

Other Local Morris Dancing Sides

Chip off the Old
Chip off the Old are a ladies Morris dance side based in Derby. We have been together since 1978 performing traditional Cotswold Morris dances using sticks and hankies, which originated in the villages of Adderbury, Brackley, Ducklington, Fieldtown, Lichfield and Ilmington. During the summer months (May to August) we perform at festivals, well dressings, village inns and fairs often with other Morris teams.

Dolphin Morris
Dolphin Morris is a men’s Cotswold Morris dance team. We practice on Thursday nights from September through to April. Then, from May to August, we can be found on Thursday evenings dancing at pubs around Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire

Foresters Morris Men
The Foresters Morris Men (full title “The Foresters Morris and Sword Dancing Club”) was formed in 1952, and was the first morris dancing club in Nottingham. We perform mainly English morris dances from the Cotswold and border regions, together with some dances from Lichfield.

Heage Windmillers
The Heage Windmillers have been established for nearly 20 years and perform a wide range of traditional dances. These include English, Irish and Scottish dance, Maypole, Morris, Clog and Rapper Sword dances. They perform at carnivals fetes and many other types of local events and have also performed at Disneyland Paris. Members range from 6 to 60+ years of age and new members are always welcome.

Lady Bay Revellers
Lady Bay Revellers were formed in 1992 and have gone from strength to strength, practicing during the winter months learning new dances and polishing up old ones. We are a mixed team and have a very active and varied calendar and social life, dancing throughout the year at local and charity events and Festivals around England, including tours with other Morris teams and International trips away each summer.

Ripley Morris Men
Ripley Morris Men are based in Ripley in Derbyshire and were formed in 1924. The side flourished until the early 1950’s and was then re-formed in 1981. The side continues to thrive today and will soon celebrate its 90th anniversary.

Ripley Green Garters
Ripley Green Garters North West Morris. We welcome female dancers from 14+ to all ages. No experience required. Male and female musicians, come and make music with us.

Stone Monkey Sword Dancers
Based in Long Eaton, between Nottingham and Derby, Stone Monkey Sword Dancers have strong links with the rapper tradition. Formed around 1990/91, Stone Monkey Sword Dancers specialize in the Rapper Sword Dance.

Bands & Artists

Cupola
CUPOLA brings together Sarah Matthews, Doug Eunson and Oli Matthews as a three-piece band, playing English and European dance music, and singing English songs in three-part harmony. Melodeons, fiddles, viola, soprano saxophone, vocals, clarinet and hurdy-gurdy combine effortlessly with sublime harmonies. The choice of material is inspired by tradition and contemporary works alike, with the emphasis on great melodies and intricate arrangements.

David Gibb
David Gibb is an award winning song writer, story teller and tallest man in Derbyshire on a mission to create great music for children and families. At just 23 years old he’s already had his music played on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6, performed at Glastonbury Festival (amongst many others), played over 400 concerts, been nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award as part of the duo ‘David Gibb & Elly Lucas’, and won the highly commended prize at the Young Story Teller of the Year competition (2011).

Oli Matthews
Oli Matthews is a freelance Musician and Composer based in the East Midlands. He trained in Classical, Jazz and Folk music and so he works in many different styles which are reflected in the compositions he writes. The majority of Oli’s gigs consist mainly of Ceilidh bands and Concert ensembles playing a range of instruments such as Saxes, Clarinet, Melodeon, Cajon and Whistles. As a multi-instrumentalist playing with his regular bands, he has also played with Ceilidh Bands such as Hekety, Peeping Tom and Steam Chicken.

Clubs

Derby Ceilidhs
Derby Ceilidhs is a new ceilidh dance society in Derby in the UK. We hold regular ceilidh dances, play folk music, dance folk dances, and above all have fun! Come along and enjoy 3 of the best hours of your week with a live band and caller. All the dances are explained so no experience is necessary. Doors open at 7.30pm and dancing is from 8pm-11pm (with a short break halfway through).