NEW MEMBERS WANTED
Our friendly dance group is currently rebranding and is recruiting all interested adults 18+ to join as dancers (no experience or clogs necessary, just a sense of rhythm and enthusiasm) and musicians to expand the band (we are looking for squeezebox, woodwind, fiddle or brass players. )
Dancing is good for our physical and mental wellbeing. It keeps us fit and is fun! It is a great way to meet people and to keep a folk tradition alive.
For more information, check us out on this site or find us on Facebook and Instagram@Plymouth Clog or email firstname.lastname@example.org but bear in mind we will be changing our look and becoming a mixed side!
Formerly known as Plymouth Maids from 1980-2021, Plymouth Clog are a dance group that perform a variety of dances to traditional English tunes played by a live band. We perform traditional Northwest Morris dances which have been collected by the side and which use sticks, garlands, hankies and slings. We also perform a variety of original dances which have been choreographed by members over the past 40 years.
Northwest Morris dances were often processional dances which moved through the streets to commemorate large community celebrations before the 1850s. Dancers wear clogs which are a distinctive feature of this style. The hard wooden soles, covered with a layer of rubber, make a loud noise on the ground, the feet hitting the ground in time with the music with the sound enhanced by the clogs.
A small group of Plymouth Clog members also demonstrate traditional step dances from Lakeland and Lancashire . Step dancing is a forerunner of tap and dates from the 18th century. We wear clogs without rubbers and perform on the pavement or on wooden boards.
We practice indoors on Thursday evenings from September to April in central Plymouth. and perform outdoors at pubs, fetes, festivals and popular local areas on Thursday evenings and some weekends from May-August.
Unless otherwise stated all performances commence at 8pm.
Thursday 26th May The Drake Manor Inn, Buckland Monachorum PL20 7NA with Lodestone Border Morris
Saturday 11th June (12-3pm) Emmanuel Fayre, Emmanuel Church, Plymouth PL3 5BZ
Wednesday 22nd June Royal William Yard PL1 3RP and Artillery Arms PL1 3RH, Plymouth with Plymouth Morris
Thursday 30th June The Barbican and Custom House Plymouth PL1 2JL
Thursday 7th July The Seven Stars Inn, Tamerton Foliot PL5 4NN with Old Town Twelves
Thursday 4th August The White Thorn Inn, Shaugh Prior PL7 5HA
Thursday 11th August The Ferry House Inn, Plymouth PL5 1LA
Thursday 18th August The Cross Keys Inn, Cawsand, Cornwall PL10 1PF with Wreckers Border Morris
Saturday 17th September (daytime) Dartington Day of Dance, Totnes TQ9 5HQ with Dartington Morris
Saturday 19th November (daytime) Pudsey Day for Children in Need, Tavistock PL19 0AE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It may be that you are interested in finding out more about Plymouth Clog. Here are the answers to questions you may have. For more information please contact us as shown under Contact Us heading.
CAN I GIVE CLOG DANCING A TRY TO SEE WHAT IT IS LIKE?
Yes. We have an annual open evening which is announced in the press and/or Facebook. However we are open to receive newcomers and those who just want to find out more on any Thursday evening between September and April.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLOG DANCING AND MORRIS DANCING?
Clog dancing is also called North West Morris but has its own separate tradition - see "About". There is also much on this subject to be found on the web.
AM I ABLE TO BOOK THE PLYMOUTH CLOG TO PERFORM AT AN EVENT?
Yes. Subject to available dancers and musicians we offer to dance at your or your organisations event for a small fee.
DOES ALL THE MONEY COLLECTED GO TO CHARITY ?
Every couple of years we make a substantial contribution to a charity we have identified. The remainder of the money collected goes to support the team
WHERE DO I SEND PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF PLYMOUTH CLOG DANCERS WHICH I AM HAPPY TO SHARE WITH THEM?
Email to email@example.com or share to our facebook page Plymouth Maids Clog Dancers
A Dance Created by Plymouth Maids
Some time ago the Plymouth Maids created a dance named Plymouth Reel.
Over the years It has spread and has been danced by sides over the UK and further afield. Here are links to some of them.