Dance sides confirmed for Banbury Folk Festival and Hobby Horse Festival 2016


Armaleggan is a Border Morris side with added Grrr…

We’re a mixed side – mixed genders, mixed ages, a mixture of tradition and innovation, and do not mind mixing our drinks.

We practice at Cumnor Village Hall just outside Oxford, and dance all over Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds and beyond.

Armaleggan is a fun side to watch and a fun side to be a part of. Try it and see.

Barefoot Bellydance is a lively troupe of dancers and musicians from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire who love performing at festivals large and small.  The troupe comprises of talented dancers, teachers and musicians that teach classes and workshops and also perform at festivals UK Wide.  The style of dance is based on Gypsy Caravan, and the band have worked hard to develop their own original sound made up of a fusion of western and Arabic influences.

Foxs Morris started in the summer of 1999, when a group of friends got together with a mutual interest in the tradition of folk dance and music. This small group were all members of 'the Friends of Cookley School' or FOCS - hence FOCS Morris. After much confusion over our name, it was changed to FOXS Morris, which still causes some confusion due to the 's' on the end.

Nowadays Foxs Border Morris has become a larger group, but still retains a wonderfully friendly and inclusive community atmosphere. Much of the side is still made up of village residents or those connected with Cookley Primary School, whilst other members come each week from Worcester and the Black Country.

Ztravets Bulgarian Folk Dance group

Ztravets is a group of Bulgarians living in Reading, Portsmouth and Guildford that practice in their own cities but then get together for festivals.

They all wear traditional regional costumes depending on the region of Bulgaria that they originally came from. The dances are traditional Horo or circle dance with music played using the traditional instruments and rhythms.

Ztravets is the Bulgarian name for a herb used for blessings and given for good health.

Click here to watch them perform. 


Masons Apron dance Northwest Clog and are based in Long Hanborough in Oxfordshire. The original Masons Apron practised at The Masons Arms in Headinton which is where their name came from. Since then because a number of dancers joined from the Witney and Long Hanborough area it was decided to move to the present headquarters. Dances are mainly Traditional Northwest Morris with both sticks & garlands.

Wild Thyme is an 'on the street Border Morris workshop' run by Sue White, with the help of some experienced dancers & musicians. Anyone can join in & dance, even complete beginners. Sue will teach all the dances from scratch - & other 'Wild Thymers' will be there to help you. There are plenty of Morris sticks & various sizes of 'tatter jackets' for people to borrow. Musicians are also welcome to join in - but they need to have (& be able to play) their own instruments.  Border Morris tends to be noisy, exuberant and 'with attitude'. Most of all, its great fun - so don't be afraid to come & have a go.

Sharp & Blunt

Sharp & Blunt are a female side from Adderbury, Oxfordshire. The group formed in 2010 and we are still going strong. We focus on traditional Adderbury dances but often try to add our own Cotswold style to them and incorporate some new moves along the way. Many of our original members are still with us and enjoying the weekly workout, fun and friendship. We are always on the lookout for new local ladies to come and join us; often we practice at the Bell in Adderbury so there’s always a drink involved!

The Brackley Morris Men are listed by the Morris Ring as one of only seven remaining ‘traditional’ Cotswold Morris sides in England, and are the only one to survive in Northamptonshire.  The choruses and figures of our dances are unique to Brackley, and we are valued as an important part of Northamptonshire’s local heritage. As with most Cotswold sides, we wear white shirts and trousers.  However the men each choose their own colours for baldrics and rosettes, a practice thought to date back to the time when the men went touring from Brackley and picked up dancers from other local villages on the way.