Belles and Broomsticks
The Belles are a mixed Cotswold and Border Morris side based in Guernsey. They dance the Morris because they love it, seeing themselves as part of a brand new ‘tradition’. The Belles offer an entertaining and polished display of what they see as Morris Dancing, though it has moved a long way from its roots.
The all-female Jersey Lilies blossomed some 38 years ago from humble beginnings as the Jersey Rapper Sword Team. They currently have a bunch of 13 dancers and 4 musicians. Over the years their repertoire has grown, at first with the help of exchanges with UK sides, but now often by online learning, to include Cotswold, North West Clog, and Border dances (their favourite.) They have also invented some new dances with a Jersey theme. They dance out each Wednesday evening between May and September, and recently have also been involved in Heritage and other local events, resurrecting ceremonies such as Wassailing and hailing the spring.
The all-male Helier Morris Men have been performing since 1975.
They are Britain’s most southerly Morris dancing group and perform at Jersey events and wider Channel Island celebrations.
Spawned from the coalmines of South Middlesex in 1994, Thrales have spread culture and enlightenment across the congestion charge zone (and beyond) ever since. This award winning team are returning to Sark in 2017 with London’s most famous vegan kilt-wearer, rapper’s only award winning healthcare operative and the fastest feet in the South East. They’ll be bringing a carnival of high octane sword dance and Lancashire clog to the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Look out for live performances across the island. Thrales are up!