30th Anniversary Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10,
11 & 12 May
Below you can see details of some
of our regular dance groups and Ceilidh bands
Visiting International Teams 2019
Matenik from Prague
superb ensemble from the Czech Republic, specialising in dances from
Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia. The ensemble includes musicians who
will be part of a separate Saturday concert.
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Some of the Festival Regulars and UK
Dance Teams who have attended in the past.
See the Home page to see which teams
have confirmed for 2019
Al Rakas (Bollywood)
Al Rakas are based in
Newport and Cwmbran and have been performing together for 5 years.
They enjoy experimenting with different dance styles and music
including Turkish pop, Bollywood and Folk styles and have even
choreographed a Sea Shanty medley for a pirate themed party. Fusing
moves and music to create dances they love and using a variety of
props and costume, they aim to always bring something new to each
If you would like to book them for a Bellydance birthday party for all
ages over 6, hen night or other function, please ask one of the
dancers for contact details. And if you fancy having a go yourself,
there is a beginners class in Cwmbran on a Monday evening.
Blackwood school Celtic band
The Blackwood Celtic Band
was formed in 2001 following a donation of instruments via the BBC’s
‘Instrument Amnesty’ scheme (which aimed to redistribute unwanted
instruments to worthy causes). Having acquired two mandolins and a
banjo, the then Head of Music, Hilary Brown, and Guitar Peripatetic
Teacher Mike Collins, began to form a fledgling band around this
consisting of around twelve interested pupils playing tin whistle,
guitar, bodhran drum, mandolin, cello and double bass. This inaugural
group performed at St. David’s Hall (Level 3 stage) in December 2001
and proved to be a popular addition to the musical life of the school.
Spurred on by this success,
all pupils in Year 8 were taught to play the tin whistle and
encouraged to join the Band. The commitment and enthusiasm
demonstrated by the team to rehearsals and local gigs led to the
possibility of going abroad – the first time for a music group from
the school. Thus, in October 2003, the Celtic Band joined forces with
the County Youth Orchestra and County Wind Ensemble and enjoyed a very
successful tour to Ludwigsburg, Germany.
Since 2003, the school
continues to give all pupils a grounding in folk music in their
classroom music lessons and the Celtic Band is now into its sixth
incarnation! We have continued to tour, most recently to Barcelona and
the Czech Republic, and have enjoyed performing in such diverse arenas
as the Welsh Assembly buildings (both old and new), main stage at St.
David’s Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre foyer stage, in the Ty Cerdd
tent at the National Eisteddfod and at the Newport Folk Club
fundraiser in December for the Folk Festival. The Band has been
supported by Communities First funding for instruments and has
participated in local events in return e.g. the Grand Finale Concert
at St. David’s Church, Rhymney (in support of the church restoration
programme) and the St. David’s Day celebrations at The College, Ystrad
At a time when many children
find little to do with their leisure hours, the pupils are to be
admired for their dedication in giving up a significant amount of
their own time for rehearsals and gigs. Thanks must also go to our
enthusiastic and hard-working peripatetic team who help to prepare
pupils on fiddle, harp, bass and guitar. Together, we make a great
CARDIFF MORRIS (Cardiff)
Picture by Alun Roach
The Cardiff Morris are one
of the earliest 1970s revival sides. Formed in early 1970 by a small
enthusiastic group made up of experienced dancers who had migrated
from Morris sides in other parts of the country and local recruits
with a feeling for folk dance and song, they have been dancing the
Morris in South Wales for over forty years.
Their dances are generally
derived from the Cotswold traditions, although you may see them
perform their own tradition of dance from the village of Nantgarw,
just north of Cardiff. This tradition is distinguished by the fact
that it is an eight-person dance rather than the Cotswold style with
six dancers. The local connection is reinforced by the Welsh dragon
and Cardiff Coat of Arms on their Welsh-weave "baldricks", or
cross-sashes, and they are often accompanied by Idris, their own
In summer they can be seen
in Cardiff and around South Wales at festivals and fetes, or touring
various localities in the County of Glamorgan on Tuesday evenings.
CLOCS CANTON (Cardiff)
Clocs Canton dance North
West style morris dancing, wearing clogs and using garlands & wavers.
They have been dancing in and around Cardiff since 1986. They are
distinctive in the Welsh colours of red, white and green, and unusual
in kit with stripy trousers which always makes them stand out from the
crowd. New dancers and musicians are always welcome.
They meet in Canton on Thursdays.
Cobblers Awl are based in
Cardiff and perform clog steps from both Wales and England. They have
tried to keep both the Welsh and English clog-step traditions alive
for the past forty years, since the group was first formed in Cwmbrân.
Their repertoire includes
English steps with routines from Lancashire, Lakeland and the
North-east of England, and over the past decade they have developed
Welsh stepping, embedding traditional elements within a contemporary
polyrhythmic framework. They wear wooden-soled leather clogs, all
handmade by one or other of the few craftsmen still creating such
They practice at The
Community Space at Tesco (Gabalfa) on Western Avenue in Cardiff on
Monday nights, and if you are interested, please contact them.
Cwmni Gwerin Pontypŵl
Cwmni Gwerin Pont-y-Pŵl is a
Welsh folk dance team aiming to keep alive the culture and tradition
of Welsh music and dance. They dance at displays and festivals, not
only in Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom but also in Europe,
where they have links with other traditional dance groups.
They are a small friendly
group and are always looking for new members, both musicians and
dancers, experienced and inexperienced. They have great fun whilst
maintaining the Welsh folk tradition.
They meet in
New Panteg Rugby Club, New Road, New Inn NP4 0PZ every Tuesday at
8.15 pm. Why not come and join them, or come along one evening to see
what it is all about?
Dawnswyr Blaenafon is a
group of people who like to learn and maintain traditional Welsh dance
and dances from other traditions, and have fun at the same time.
We meet at the iconic
Blaenavon Workmen's Hall on Thursday evenings 7.15 pm to 9 pm.
New members are welcome at
any time and no experience is necessary, we will guide you through.
We also organise the highly
successful Dawns ar y Mynydd / Dance on the Mountain dance festival.
This is held in July each year in Blaenavon. The Festival includes
demonstrations of dance of all styles.
Dawnswyr Gwerin Penyfai
Dawnswyr Pen y Fai is a team
with a world-wide reputation.
Each dance in their repertoire has its place and tradition in Wales.
The style is varied and exciting to watch and alternates from
energetic fair dances and lively social dances to elegant court
The dancers wear the traditional Welsh costume made from Welsh
flannel. On formal occasions the women wear the distinctive tall black
hats, unique to Wales.
Dawnswyr Gwerin Penyfai has performed at numerous festivals in the UK
and Europe, and is a member of the Welsh National Folk Dance Society.
The team is in great demand to entertain audiences and hold social
dance evenings throughout Wales and beyond.
The dancers are accompanied by a band of skilled folk musicians.
Dr Turberville's Morris
Turberville’s Morris is a mixed Morris "side" or team originally from
Crewkerne in Somerset, UK, we can now be found at Somerton also in
Somerset. We "do" Morris dancing (of which more later); mostly
Cotswold Morris and some Border Morris. We take our name from the most
famous son of Crewkerne, the celebrated oculist Dr. D'Aubigny
English Cotswold Morris dances from the villages or "traditions" of
Wayford, Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Ilmington, Bampton and Wells. You can
find out more about these specific traditions, including where they
come from and how they differ.
dance some Border Morris dances, including some from Dartmoor,
Shropshire and a few other areas, in a sort of "Cotswold" style.
Summer months we can be seen dancing most Tuesday evenings somewhere
in South Somerset and North and West Dorset, sometimes even Devon,
often at friendly local pubs, and we are liable to appear at events
such as fêtes and fairs, where we can be recognised by our costume of
white, with green and maroon baldrics and ribbons. We can also be seen
at Folk Festivals and Morris gatherings elsewhere in the UK and (very
occasionally!) even further afield. Details of our current programme
can be found by clicking on the "Events" tab at the top of the page.
Winter months we practise our existing dances, learn new dances, and
teach new members at our base at Somerton in Somerset.
Flamenco is an Andalusian
term which refers both to a musical style, known for its intricate
rapid passages, and a dance genre characterised by its audible
footwork. Sit back and enjoy this Flamenco performance from a team
which has appeared regularly at the Festival.
Gwerinwyr Gwent was formed in 1976 by eight people from the Gwent area
who were interested in reviving the tradition of Welsh folk dancing.
The name of the team can be translated as "folk-people of Gwent".
perform dances which vary from slow, courtly dances to the faster fair
dances and also include clog dances. Since their formation, members of
the team have taken part in several eisteddfods and also in festivals,
both in Wales and overseas. As a result of this they have hosted many
foreign teams on their visits to Wales. Our recent trips abroad took
us to Denmark in 2009, and Finland at the beginning of July 2010. They
were also invited to Latvia, and some of the team went there to
perform at the Lubana festival in 2011.
dance just for pleasure, although they take part in festivals and
demonstrations both in Wales and Europe. This year they will again be
performing at the Tredegar House Folk Festival and some of them will
be hosting dancers from overseas. This leads to invitations to dance
in their countries. Gwerinwyr Gwent are well known for
organising twmpaths and Noson Lawen evenings; the charges for these
depends on the time involved and the distances travelled.
are always seeking new members, and either beginners or experienced
dancers are very welcome. Practice night is Thursday 8-10pm at the
Graig Community Hall, Bassaleg, NP10 8LG opposite the Ruperra Arms.
Just come along, or ring 01495 271953 for more details. Dancing is
fun; it's exercise but you don't have to be superfit to do it - give
it a try!
Hevva was formed by an
enthusiastic group of like-minded dancers and musicians who wanted to
pool their extensive experience to promote, teach and display the
traditional dances of Cornwall, one of the Celtic nations. The group
has grown considerably from its beginnings and is now one of the
foremost dance groups in Cornwall, recognisable by its distinctive
Hevva performs extensively at home, and has also been privileged to
represent Cornwall at festivals large and small further afield, from
Europe to the Caribbean. They bring with them their own band of
India Dance Wales
Founded in 1993 India Dance Wales are the pioneers of Indian Dance in
Wales. The aim of their work is to maintain authenticity while
exploring contemporary ideas. India dance Wales are based in Cardiff.
They have performed several times at the festival and we would like to
give them a very warm welcome back.
Morris were formed in 1976 by three experienced dancers taking their
name from the Roman Fortress of the Second Augustan Legion which once
stood on the site of the town of Caerleon in the old county of Gwent
in South East Wales, UK. They wear the national colours of Wales
(red, white and green) and the kit includes a red sash on which is
mounted a Roman helmet badge.
Their dancing season usually extends from May 1st (when they dance at
dawn in the Roman Amphitheatre at Caerleon) to about mid-September,
every Wednesday evening, at a variety of real ale pubs across Newport,
Torfaen and Monmouthshire. They can also be seen on some weekends
during the summer in various parts of this country and abroad.
Isca Morris have danced at many different types of event, ranging from
Barn Dances and Folk Clubs to Fetes and larger Folk Festivals and have
appeared on television and radio on several occasions.
MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE GROUP
Jawahir have been proud to
support and take part in the Tredegar House Folk Festival for nearly
15 Years. You will find us dancing on both the Saturday and Sunday.
We are a group of like
minded women who meet every week in Newport to enjoy and share
dancing, music, a chat and have fun. Some of our members have been
dancing together for over 10 years.
As a Middle Eastern dance
group we try to combine traditional folk with modern essences from
around the world. When watching us you may hear and see influences
from Spain, Egypt, Turkey, North Africa, Armenia, Algeria and Israel
to name a few. We choreograph and source most of our own dances,
music, props and vibrant costumes . Often adapting and making them to
suit our style.
We run weekly classes at
Duffryn Community Hall, Newport on Sundays 6-7 which is suitable for
all ages and ability - come and have a chat with one of us or ask for
our contact details and find out more.
We are available for Fetes,
Festivals and Special Occasions
Knights of King Ina Morris
The Knights of King Ina are
a Morris dance team specialising in the Solo and Duet dances known as
Jigs in the Morris genre. The dances are drawn from many of the morris
traditions and include dances choreographed by us using the styles and
steps collected in the early 20th century. These dances were typically
seen as competition or show off dances and only danced by those
considered to be the best dancers in a team or side.
Mahadivi Bollywood Dancers
Lloyd Family – parents Geraint and Sara, and their children (fiddler
and harper Mared, viola player and guitarist Carwyn and the youngest,
little Tanwen, who is dwarfed by her double-bass) show striking
originality in their sparkling arrangements. Sara even puts down her
accordion to take up and play her Welsh bagpipe, which thoroughly
delights the audience.
as their musical talents, the children also exhibit their skills at
Welsh clog dancing, taught to them by their father, Geraint, also an
Maya Fusion Dance
Maya Fusion Dance are a group of dancers from Blaenavon and blackwood.
They are run by Laura Brosnan-James.
They are a Fusion Belly Dance group who use lots of different
influences to keep each dance fresh and different, always with a
fundamental basis in belly dance.
They hope to bring fun and passion to the festival, and show you some
mini Gŵyl Plant
1981 Gwerinwyr Gwent started a festival of Welsh Folk Dance for
children called Gwyl Plant Gwent. The numbers have grown since then,
and now four festivals are held locally at Abergavenny, Abertillery,
Cwmbran and Newport. A mini Gŵyl Plant was introduced in Tredegar
House Folk Festival in 2014, encouraging the younger generation to
value and enjoy the culture and folk scene of Wales.
Schools performing this year are:
TY-SIGN PRIMARY SCHOOL, RISCA and RHIW SYR DAFYDD PRIMARY SCHOOL,
Ragged Old Morris
Ragged and Old Morris is a mixed side performing newly created dances
in the Cotswold style. The side has been established for 30 years and
is based around the five valleys of Stroud in Gloucestershire. In
addition to Morris dancing we perform Step Clog, and Mumming plays at
practice most weeks at the village hall in Bussage during the Winter
and in Summer at local pubs often with other sides. We average around
35 bookings a year at festivals, countryside events, village fetes and
regular practice night is Wednesday and new members, dancers and
musicians are always welcome whether beginners or experienced.
Shoostring are a dynamic and energetic dance group who are sure to
amaze you with their synchronised and unique approach to Appalachian
dancing. The side choreograph all their own dances, bringing to life
the toe tapping rhythms of American Bluegrass music performed by the
fantastic Shoostring Band. Shoostring have performed at many
events and folk festivals, including Newport's own Tredegar House,
Wadebridge, Chippenham and Pontardawe. They have also toured County
Cork in Southern Ireland.
Sweyn's Ey Morris
Men of Sweyn's Ey take their name from the Viking name for Swansea,
and are based in Swansea, or to be precise in
Morriston, most appropriate for a morris side. The side was
founded in 1966, and celebrated their fiftieth birthday last year.
Initially dancing just the rapper sword dance, the side now dances
mainly Cotswold morris, but also some Border morris as well as the
rapper sword dance.
Christmas, they keep alive the local mummer's plays,
collecting for charity. They believe that they are Wales's
longest running morris side, the only male dancing side remaining in
Wales, and include Wales's oldest active morris dancer.
They have a website:
Feet are the Appalachian dance side from Cardiff. They have been
dancing together for 20 years and say that they remember Tiger Bay,
even if no-one else does!
They dance mainly to traditional tunes but also love more modern ones
and are most grateful to Bellowhead and other groups for their
Topaz Tribal (Belly Dancers)
Tribal is a Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® troupe from Abergavenny,
South Wales. Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® is an eclectic style of
bellydance, which draws its influence & inspiration from many cultures
around the world, including Indian, Spanish, African etc. The
roots are firmly planted in the Middle East, using historical &
traditional bellydance moves to create combinations which pay tribute
to & acknowledge the past history of bellydance. The dance, which is
mostly improvised, has a modern bohemian style of it's own with a free
& spirited gypsy-like feel, is powerful yet elegant, graceful &
feminine. It's inclusive. Your age, size or fitness level is not
important, but YOU are. Tribal bellydance will help to improve your
stamina, core stability, balance & flexibilty, plus the benefits of
helping to develop confidence, self-esteem, inner strength, & an
all-round 'feel good' factor. Research shows that dancing is now
recognised by the health professionals as one of the best physical
exercises for everyone. So come & join in & find out for yourself.
Tribal love to dance to spread the joy, the power & the passion of
this dance, to have fun, to laugh, to share & just enjoy the moment of
dancing with your sisters.
Topaz Tribal is led by Wendy Hughes, a Principal Teacher and Certified
Level 5 Instructor with Gypsy Caravan & a member of the UK Caravan
Project. To book us for your event or find out more about Topaz Tribal
& Gypsy Caravan visit the
send us an
find us on
facebook as Topaz Tribal Bellydance or ring 07530099265
Smith and Ian Craigs started their clog dancing in the North East of
England with the Newcastle Cloggies. They later became involved in the
collection of dance steps with the Instep Research Team and also
performed as members of the dance group Instep.
Since 2007, they have focused on developing their own repertoire of
duets and solo dances bringing together traditional steps from a
variety of sources as well as creating their own contemporary pieces.
Their dancing has taken them all over the world, from New York to St
Petersburg, Rattvik, Sibiu and London.
Jean and Ian are experienced clog dance teachers as well as performers
and they regularly run workshops for absolute beginners through to
advanced stepping. They have taught individually and jointly at events
such as Whitby and Sidmouth Folk Festivals and the Lancashire
Wallopers Weekend of dance.
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Calennig Big Band
with caller Pat Smith
Specialising in Welsh dance music, Calennig are equally at home
playing for experts and novices alike. The band is led by concertina
and spoons player Pat Smith who is acknowledged as one of Britain’s
most entertaining callers and she has taught Welsh dances and called
twmpaths from Auckland to Aberdeen, from Chicago to Christchurch. She
is accompanied by a pool of regular musicians Mike Kennedy (bass),
Iolo Jones (fiddle), Peter Davies (whistles, recorders, oboe, bagpipes
and Bombard) and Rob Morris (guitar and Accordeon), and Ned Clamp
(guitar, mandola, harmonica).
with caller Dave Parsons
is one of South Wales' longest running and most popular ceilidh bands.
Originally known as 'Juice of Barley', it was founded back in the mid
1970s, by Jenny and Gill KilBride. They were later joined by sons:
Bernard, Daniel and Gerard who, having absorbed the tradition,
continued the band in their own right as 'Juice'. Many incarnations
later, the band is still as vibrant and dynamic as ever.
band's caller has been the legendary Dave Parsons for more years than
he would care to remember!
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