Free

Throughout the weekend many of the performances are free to watch and listen to, where we charge for others. You are welcome to turn up to watch any of the free events. We recommend arriving early, to make sure you get a good view.

Click on any of the entries below to get more information. At the bottom of this page is a map of the festival locations.

Kvet and Kvitek

Kvet and Kvitek

We all have traditional folklore costume including shoes from Czech and Slovak folk traditions.

Cornucopia

Cornucopia

Performing at the 2022 Swanage Folk Festival is Cornucopia, in their in their Navy skirts with cerise godet pleats; or Navy waistcoats, white shirts

Phoenix Clog

Phoenix Clog

Phoenix are a clog side. The ladies dress in Burgundy skirts & white blouses. The men in Black breeches, white shirts & burgundy sash.

Mayflower Morris

Mayflower Morris

Mayflower Morris are a women's dance side from Ash on the Hampshire / Surrey border. They dance in black pinafore over red blouse and red clogs with white tights. The musicians wear black trousers and waistcoat with red trim.

Horizon community college

Horizon community college

Horizon community college dance Border, Rapper and mixed modern styles alongside traditional folk. They dance themed pieces in full costume and usually prepare 30 mins worth of individual pieces including a finale piece from all dancers  

Quayside Cloggies

Quayside Cloggies

Quayside Cloggies are a North West style Morris side who are appearing at the Swanage Folk Festival 2022. They wear colourful handmade costumes and clogs styled on traditional wear for the mill workers in the North of England during the nineteenth century.

Whitethorn

Whitethorn

Whitethorn dance in Red, white & Blue. Fitted skirts, white blouse & red waistcoats.

Old Palace Clog

Old Palace Clog

Old Palace Clog are a North West style Morris side who are appearing at the Swanage Folk Festival 2022. Their dance kit is white skirts and blouses, green waistcoat and tights and red clogs. Musicians' kit is black trousers, white shirts and green waistcoats. They are...

Sidmouth Steppers

Sidmouth Steppers

Sidmouth Steppers are a Ladies North West Morris Dance Side based in Sidmouth, Devon. Traditional Lancashire clogs are worn for the dances with bobbins.

Ellington Morris

Ellington Morris

Ellington Morris are a Cotswold style Morris side who are appearing at the Swanage Folk Festival 2022. They are a traditional Morris Dance team based in Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK - one of the few mixed Cotswold Morris teams in the area. Their name comes from the...

Rockhopper Morris

Rockhopper Morris

Rockhopper Morris perform Cotswold dances from the modern tradition of Raglan, first developed by Bantam Cocks, which feature the unusual triple step. To those hankie dances they added their own stick dances which also use the triple step. They are mostly to be found...

Steps In Time

Steps In Time

Steps in Time perform several styles of English dance, including Step, Playford, Dorset dances. They all wear a Regency style costume; white high waisted dresses with coloured spencer jackets or black breeches, white shirt and waistcoat.

Mr Wilkins Shilling

Mr Wilkins Shilling

Mr Wilkins is a Ladies North West Morris side based in Bath, England. They dance in Red and Black skirts, white blouse, red and black sashes They dance mainly around the south west, but have danced in Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, France and America.  

Cogs and Wheels Ladies Morris

Cogs and Wheels Ladies Morris

Cogs and Wheels are a ladies side who perform in a Cotswold style. They'll be at the Swanage Folk Festival 2022 in their Dartmoor inspired colours - brown skirts and different coloured blouses in moorland hues. They formed in 1995 and take their inspiration from Finch...

Spank the Planks

Spank the Planks

Spank The Planks was formed in 1988 and is based in Bournemouth, Dorset. They specialise in Appalachian clog dancing which is a form of American folk dancing that originated in the Appalachian Mountains. The local people developed their own musical sound, playing...

Holly Copse Molly

Holly Copse Molly

Holly Copse Molly are a Morris side who perform Molly from the Fens. Their kit is Magenta, yellow and black and they'll be at the Swanage Folk Festival 2022

Steampunk Morris

Steampunk Morris

Steampunk Morris dance in costumes based around the genre of steampunk. They are a mixed men and women’s Border style Morris dance side from Medway.

Portland Island Voices Community  Choir

Portland Island Voices Community Choir

Come and join Portland Island Voices Community Choir and join this celebration of landscape, music, dialect and the working people of Dorset and the stone that built great cities all over the world. This free event is in the Prince Albert Gardens at 5pm. Please bring...

Kelp

Kelp

Swanage’s Premier sea shanty group, singing shanties to anyone who gets too close. Kelp! have been entertaining the people of Purbeck for several years, raising money for the RNLI and other charities.

Tinderbox

Tinderbox

Award winning contemporary folk group, Tinderbox were originally formed in 1997 by Dublin born singer-songwriter, Monique Houraghan, and guitarist/songwriter, Dan Tucker. Since 2007, talented multi-instrumentalist and session musician Bob Burke has completed the...

Suthering

Suthering

Suthering means "the sound of the wind through the trees or wind under a birds wing". The Suthering  combines the musical talents of Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall. A couple in life and in music, the duo have taken the folk scene by storm with their unusual and fresh...

Monkey See Monkey Do

Monkey See Monkey Do

Monkey See Monkey Do met in Southampton's bustling folk scene (Aaron and Sam grew up there, although Helen and Matt didn't). The band came together in the summer of 2015. Combining vocals with fiddle, guitar, bodhran, clarinet and the occasional squeeze of melodeon,...

Mother Ukers

Mother Ukers

Mother Ukers are proving to be a big hit on the musical entertainment scene, performing a repertoire of songs you know in their own unique 1920's ukular style & with a constantly busy schedule of gigs and appearances throughout the UK. In the last 10 years they...

Alton Morris

Alton Morris

Alton Morris will be in their red and green tatter jackets and bowler hats at Swanage Folk Festival September 2022 Alton Morris is a mixed border Morris dance team based in the town of Alton, Hampshire. They dance in distinctive red woollen hats which were copied from...

Armaleggan

Armaleggan

Armaleggan are performing at the 2022 Swanage Folk Festival, in Multi-coloured tatters, black and white faces, top hats with tall feathers.

Baharah Dance

Baharah Dance

Baharah Dance respectfully share their love of Egyptian and Arabic music and traditional dance moves. You will spot us as we dress in all the colours you can imagine!

Billy No Mates

Billy No Mates

White shirt, with BNM logo front and back, arm ribbons, black trousers, red bell pads with orange, blue. White and purple ribbons.. shoes black or orange. Hat is a multi coloured festival hat mainly orange. Musician no special kit. Will likely be wearing a...

Customs And Exiles

Customs And Exiles

Ladies perform in Black clogs with bells, black and purple striped stockings, black skirt, white shirt, purple and teal waistcoat. The men perform in Black clogs with bells, black trousers, black shirt, purple and teal sash, purple neckerchief, black, purple and teal...