a mixed Morris side, formed in 2003 by five of our existing members.
We hail from around the Chelmsford area of Essex, where we dance
in the traditional North-West Clog style. Our colours were chosen
for no other reason than to be distinctive and our name is taken
from a small independent brewery situated close to the River Crouch
in the county of Essex. They are our sponsors and generously help
us with the cost of our dress and other expenses incurred when travelling
to and from Morris events, not to say keeping us well refreshed
with good ale!!. (There
will be a choice of Crouch Vale beers available during the weekend....Andy)
are several varieties of Morris, each having a distinctive style
and costume. The dance customs were, at the outset, regional; Cotswold,
Border, and so on. North-West Clog Morris dancing was established
by workers in the cotton mills and other factories of Cheshire,
Lancashire and West Yorkshire. Although these days there are mixed
sides as well as ladies' and men's teams in almost all forms of
Morris, North-West Clog is the only tradition where this has always
been the case.
to Miskin by my old friends Ali and Russell, Crouch Vale soon became
an integral part of the weekend. They are just about everywhere!
This year they can claim two concert artistes, the dancing and even
providing some of the beer! Welcome back to all of you.