Brimfield: This is our own take on an original collected dance. We’ve reworked it as a battle of the sexes, with four men and four women swapping roles half way through the dance to enjoy a bit of ‘cock-knocking’! The music is our own ‘mash-up’ of ‘This Old Man’ and ‘Rakes of Mallow’. Click here to see the dance. You’ll notice that the girls are smiling more than the boys – wonder why?
Dilwyn: This dance is from Herefordshire, named after the village where it was collected, and is probably the most popular Border dance there is. We generally use this as our opening dance as it allows all our dancers to participate. A proper Border dance! The tune is ‘Not for Joe’.
Evesham Wheel: We don’t know its origins, but were taught it by Foxs Morris at the Cheltenham Folk Festival 2014 workshop. Best danced with a lot of people. The music is ‘Fanny Frail’. Click here to see Evesham Wheel with Styx and the wonderful Dartmoor Border Morris.
Feud: This is our adaptation of an original dance by Beth Everard and Bakanalia Border Morris, and danced with their kind permission, to the tune ‘Enlist for a Sailor’. The dance represents two tribes fighting, with much shouting and clashing of sticks. The final figure (called ‘Peace Off’!!) has the two sides finally dancing off together in harmony.
Five Valleys: Choreographed by our Bagman Hilary, this dance has five figures, each representing one of the five valleys that lead into our home town of Stroud. The music was composed by our melodeon man and is called ‘Astrid’s Amble’, (c) Doug Watt. Here we are with Dartmoor Border Morris almost getting it right!
The Happy Man: We don’t know the real name of this dance. We developed it from watching a YouTube clip of Datchet Border Morris dancing outside a pub called the Happy Man, and have repeatedly tried to contact Datchet to ask for their permission to dance it, but have not as yet managed to hear back from them. If anyone from Datchet reads this, please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you! The tune we use is ‘The Steamboat Hornpipe’.
Hay-on-Wye: The tune is ‘The Redesdale Hornpipe’. This is us with our good chums Dartmoor Border Morris dancing HoW outside the famous Woolpack Inn at Slad.
Just as the Tide Was A-flowing: Danced with the kind permission of Terry and Linda Dix and the Witchmen. Click here to see us dancing Tide at Stroud Farmers’ Market.
Quebec: A dramatic depiction of a drunken pub brawl, given to us by our friends Dartmoor Border Morris. The tune is ‘Donkey Riding’ and the dance is for sets of six. After a few beers, we were brave enough to perform the dance for our teachers.
Stones: Our Bagman Hilary originally created this dance for Happenstance Border Morris to perform at Stonehenge, and developed it further for Styx when the Cotswold Order of Druids invited us to perform at their Winter Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge in December 2015. The dance is powerful and dramatic, with figures representing the trilithons of the stone circle. The tune is ‘The Wiltshire Six-Hand Reel’.
Tinner’s Rabbit: Originally devised by Grimspound Border Morris, this dance is for sets of three dancers, representing the three hares motif often seen in West Country church architecture. The tune is ‘Click Go the Shears’. Here’s a testosterone- and alcohol-fuelled performance by three of our lads at Stroud Wassail 2015. The boys are back in town!
Upton Snodsbury: Another dance taught us by Foxs Morris from the Vale of Evesham. The tune is ‘Buttered Peas’.
White Ladies Aston: The Squire’s favourite! Another dance from the Vale of Evesham. At over four minutes long, we usually head for the bar after this one. The music is a medley of ‘The Big Ship’, ‘Lord of the Dance’ and ‘I’ll Tell my Ma’.
Worcestershire Monkey: Choreographed by Martin Hallett of Wicket Brood, and danced with their kind permission. The music is ‘Weasel’s Revenge’ (c) Jan Hurst. Here we are at the Woolpack in Slad performing Monkey.