PLYMOUTH CLOG 

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FREE TASTER SESSION

 

Are you ready to release your inner Cloggie?

On Thursday 15th September at 8pm we are holding an open evening at Emmanuel Church Hall, Plymouth for anyone who is interested to try Northwest Clog and find out what it is all about. Our friendly dance group is currently rebranding and is recruiting any adult male or female over 18 and is free to join. No experience or clogs are necessary, just a sense of rhythm and enthusiasm.  We are also currently recruiting volunteer musicians to join so folk musicians are also very welcome to come and find out more. 

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 plymouthclog@outlook.com

 

BACKGROUND

 

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. 

 

 

 


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PROGRAMME 2022


This year we performed at the following:

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

Thursday 4th August  The White Thorn Inn, Shaugh Prior PL7 5HA

Thursday 11th August  The Ferry House Inn, Plymouth PL5 1LA


Remaining events:

Saturday 17th September (11am - 3pm)  Dartington Day of Dance, Totnes TQ9 5HQ with Dartington Morris and others

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 plymouthclog@outlook.com or share to our facebook page Plymouth Maids Clog Dancers

 

YOUTUBE VIDEOS

 YOUTUBE CHANNEL

 

PLYMOUTH REEL

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.

THREE SPIRES MORRIS 2008

LITTLEBOROUGH RUSHBEARING 2011

RINGHEYE'S DAY OF DANCE 2010

CARDIFF MORRIS 2015

NEW ZEALAND MORRIS DANCING TOUR 2014 WORKSHOP

 

LINKS TO RELATED WEBSITES

FLAXEY GREEN

Folk resources in Devon

DEVON FOLK

More folk resources in Devon

CHARITY

Link to website

FOLK ON THE MOOR

The local folk club

FOLK IN CORNWALL

Folk resources in Cornwall

OPEN MORRIS

National morris organisation

 

LINKS TO OTHER LOCAL DANCE SIDES

COGS AND WHEELS

DARTMOOR BORDER

HARBERTON NAVY

PLYMOUTH MORRIS 

TRIGG MORRIS

TYWARDREATH MORRIS

 
 

CONTACT US

If you would like to join us or are interested in finding out more or booking us for an event, contact us via the following -

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