Performers

The Mayfest has a wonderful collection of display sides, mostly dancing some of the various forms of Morris, plus the Southampton Folk Orchestra and the Hampshire Youth Folk Ensemble



The Southampton Folk Orchestra is an open access group that plays traditional folk music.  The group creates arrangements of tunes together and performs at least once a term. The orchestra welcomes all players of acoustic instruments from confident experienced musicians to beginners.  They will be playing in St Lawrence's Church.  Click here for more information.

The Hampshire Youth Folk Ensemble  will also be performing in St Lawrence's Church.    They have around 12 performers, mostly fiddle players, from age 11 to 18.  They play mostly traditional British folk music, probably slightly biased towards Celtic/Scottish as they like playing that music, but they do try all sorts.  They also have a young step dancer for a couple of numbers. More information about the Hampshire Youth Ensembles can be found on the Hampshire County Council website, www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hampshiremusic/ensembles/countyensembles 

The Southampton Folk Orchestra


Morris dancing is an English tradition.  Note English, not British or Scots or Welsh, nor American.   Although there are many sides around the world who now dance this style, it remains as originating in England.  So what better place to see Morris dancing than in Winchester, the capital of Wessex, home of King Alfred, where England first began to become a country.  King Alfred defended Wessex against the Danes, then joined with Mercia and his son King Edward then pushed the Danes north and so instead of our country being called Daneland, it became England.


Click on the picture to see more information about each group.

 

Aldbrickham

 

Alton Morris

 

Anonymous

 

Basingclog Morris

 

Belles & Arrows

 

Cornucopia Appalachian

 cornucopia

Customs and Exiles

 customs

Deorfrith Morris

 

Fishbourne Mill

 

Fleur de Lys

 

Holt Morris

 

Hurst Morris People

 

Knickerbocker Glory

 

Moonshine Border Morris

 

Mythago

 

OBJ

 https://sites.google.com/site/winchmayfest/obj

Oyster Girls

 https://sites.google.com/site/winchmayfest/oyster

Red Stags

 

Sarum Morris

 

Southern Lights

 

Spank the Planks Appalachian

 

Sweet Rapper

 

Taeppa’s Tump

 

Wickham Morris

 

Winchester Morris Men