PLYMOUTH MAIDS CLOG DANCERS
The Plymouth Maids were established in 1980. The 'Leader', as she was then known, was Kath Wilson. The original members were few but keen and with the assistance of the Plymouth Morris Men began performing out in public in the summer of 1980.
The Maids dance in clogs, which was the typical footwear worn in the North West of England well into the twentieth century. They perform a variety of dances in the style of North West Morris, but also include some step dances.
Clog or processional Morris is a much more modern type of 'Morris Dance' than, for instance, Cotswold Morris. It originated in the county areas of Lancashire and Cheshire in the 18th century. At the time of the rush harvests, the rushes were used to decorate carts which were pulled by teams of men or women , who would stop and perform ritual dances during the procession. Such dances have seen a recent revival and are performed by teams throughout the country.
The Maids practise new dances from October to May, they then perform for the public at various locations, including Folk Festivals both home and abroad, fêtes, pubs, and in the streets of Plymouth and other tourist attractions.
The costume, based on a 19th century mill girls' working clothes, is made by the members themselves and is highlighted and personalised by hand embroidery on the apron.
The Maids pride themselves that they give of their best when performing out, they look good, they work as a team, but most importantly they enjoy themselves!
New members are always welcome.
Practices are held on Thursday evenings from October to the end of April at Emmanuel Church Hall, 1 Compton Avenue. Mannamead, Plymouth PL3 5BZ. This is a fun way of keeping fit. Previous dance experience is not needed, just a sense of rhythm. For more information speak to any of the team.
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: Unfortunately, having listened to the government advice regarding Corona virus Covid19, the Plymouth Maids have taken the decision to suspend practises with immediate effect. This will have an impact on the start of our dance season so there won't be any dance outs until further notice. Apologies to all who were looking forward to dancing out and to our faithful supporters who were looking forward to watching us! We will update when we know more.
The Plymouth Maids usually dance out on a Thursday evening. This programme lists the places we visited in 2019. The programme of places we hope to visit in the 2020 will be coming soon.
Whilst we make every effort to maintain the programme, there may be occasions when we just can’t make it because of bad weather or sickness, for example.
Dancing starts at about 8pm unless otherwise indicated.
Wednesday 24th - Private function
Thursday 2nd - Ferry House Inn, Saltash Passage PL5 1LA (7.30pm)
Thursday 9th - Who'd Have Thought It, Milton Combe PL20 6HP with guests Lodestone (7.45pm)
Saturday 18th - Callington Mayfest, (From 12.05pm)
Wednesday 22nd - Private function
Thursday 23rd - Brook Inn, Plympton St Maurice PL7 1NJ
Wednesday 29th - Copley Arms, Hessenford PL11 3HJ with guests Tywardreath
Saturday 1st - Freedom Community Festival, Freedom Fields, Plymouth PL4 8RJ (2pm)
Saturday 8th - Emmanuel Church Fayre, Plymouth PL3 5BZ (12.30pm)
Wednesday 12th - Drake Inn, Buckland Monachrum PL20 7NA as guests of Plymouth Morris Men
Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd Trip to Brest, Brittany
Wednesday 26th - Seven Stars, Tamerton Foliot PL5 4NN as guests of Dartmoor Border & Old Town Twelves
Thursday 4th - Castle Inn, Lydford EX20 4BH with guests Cogs and Wheels
Thursday 11th - Crooked Spire Inn, Ermington PL21 9LP
Thursday 18th- Bearslake Inn, Lake, Okehampton EX20 4HQ with guests Tinners Morris
Thursday 25th - Private function
Saturday 27th - Calstock Heritage Festival PL18 9QA (Time tbc)
Thursday 1st - Rock Inn, Yelverton PL20 6DS as guests of Lodestone Border Morris
Sunday 4th - Sidmouth Folk Week, Sidmouth sea front (11am)
Wednesday 7th - Private function followed by Rising Sun Inn, Botus Fleming PL12 6NJ (8.30pm approx.)
Thursday 15th - Royal Albert Bridge Inn, Saltash Passage PL5 1LB
Thursday 22nd - Cross Keys Inn, Cawsand PL10 1PF as guests of Wreckers (7.30pm)
Thursday 29th - Maritime Inn, Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LD (7.30pm)
Thursday 5th- Union Inn, Saltash PL12 4EL (7.30pm)
Saturday 14th - Dartington Morris Men's Day Of Dance, Totnes (11.00am - 3pm) (tbc)
Thursday 19th - Private function
Thursday 26th - Open Evening, Emmanuel Church Hall, Plymouth PL3 5BZ (8pm)
Saturday 16th - Pudsey Day of Morris, Tavistock (tbc)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It may be that you are interested in finding out more about Plymouth Maids. 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 MAIDS 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 MAIDS WHICH I AM HAPPY TO SHARE WITH THEM?
Email to or share to our facebook page Plymouth Maids Clog Dancers
A Dance Created by Plymouth Maids
Some time ago 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.
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