Music and Morris Dancing

Along with all the amazing activities, some fabulous local musicians will be playing for you.  Being a woodland festival the focus is on acoustic instruments and minimal amplification.

We will have a stage area in the old cloister which we have made into our arena for the day. Before the arrival of our closing procession, Morris Dancers will perform their traditional folk-dancing in the cloister!

Live folk and country music from 1.00- 4.00 pm on stage  featuring local and Kentish performers.

Arranged by John Stevens with Claire Stevens in support.


Stage

Come listen to our musicians where the abbey's canons once had to observe silence!

Tideway                                     

Experienced folk duo 

The Two Jays              

Quirky ukulele duo from Gravesend   

Phil Burchell                     

Experienced Americana folk singer                                     

Adam Moore                              

Young singer guitarist from Welling           

Causeway Revels         

Mixed folk and country duo                   

Curtis savage         

Singer songwriter                

Flatfoot Johnny                               

Banjo maker and musician from Shooters Hill     

John Stevens

Acoustic singer songwriter from Belvedere

Morris Dancing 

3:30 pm - Cloister Arena

The West Hill Morris team from Dartford will be performing for us and demonstrating traditional Cotswold Morris which is very in keeping with our woodland countryside theme.

The first recorded Morris Dance was in 1448 and by 1500 it had become a popular form of entertainment. Apart from being banned by Oliver Cromwell, it has remained a regularly performed form of folk dance ever since and is regarded as very traditionally English.  With its bright costumes, bells, traditional music and cordinated stick-hitting, it is always fun to watch.

The name Morris is believed to be a contraction of Moorish and it it thought that this flamboyant style of dance originated in Southern Europe  with its strong Arabian links during mediaeval times. It rapidly became very popular with forms of the dance being found in virtually every European country.

English Morris Dancing  is based on a fusion of traditional folk dancing and the more exotic and colourful Moorish dance style imported from Europe. This is why there are different types of Morris Dancing across the country.

Some of the tunes, such as 'Trunkles' are very old, but many are more modern and have been adapted from popular music over the ages.