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Belfagan Women's Morris
Giving it welly in Cumbria


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Right-clicking on the name of a tune will give you the opportunity either to hear it or to download a midi file. If you'd rather just have all the tunes in one big ABC file, click here

N.B., The dances below marked with a •  are part of our regular repertoire. The others? Well, there's a story behind each one.......

This list is needing updating (April 2012) as we've learned a few new dances recently which aren't yet featured here - Rose & Crown, Chandos Five, Dolly Peg for example. As I'm planning to redesign the whole website soon, I may leave these until I do the whole job in one go.

Some Of
Belfagan's Band By Derwent Water, Keswick
Four of the Band at Lakeside, Derwentwater, Keswick. Click to see larger image

• The Abbey

The Keel Row

A garland dance learned from the Hexhamshire Lasses

Abram Circle Dance


It used to rain every time we did this dance. It kinda put us off it for a while, and most of our current dancers have never learned it.

• Ashton


The British Grenadiers

• Badger's Sett

The Jolly Badger

Written for Brockhole, the Lake District Vistors' Centre

• Belfagan

William Taylor's Tabletop Hornpipe

A handkerchief dance for 6 created especially for us - now our signature dance.

Black Rod

Black Rod

We haven't danced this one out for a while. I don't know why. Perhaps we'll do it next year?


The Three Sea Captains

This is a processional dance. Most of us learned it on the hoof.



A new dance we created for our 21st birthday. We still keep coming back and improving bits - maybe one day we'll be satisfied. Original music by Ally McGurk.

• The Cumberland Crown

The Waterloo Dance

A garland dance which can be performed by 4, 6 or 8 dancers. One of our favourites.

• Eaglesfield

Birds in the Wilderness

Eaglesfield is a village near Cockermouth. This garland dance is for groups of 4 dancers.

• Flags

Cock o' the North

A very fast, energetic dance for 6, learned from Jenny Geddes Clog Morris.

• Greenham

Long Odds

This dance was created by Sue Newman of Lizzie Dripping, Sheffield, after some of that team visited the Greenham Common peace camp in the 1980s.

• Hartshead

Walter Bulwer's Polka No.1 & Gary Owen (midi file)
Walter Bulwer's Polka No.1 & Gary Owen (gif file)

• Hindley Street Dance

Rosin the Bow


Oyster Girl

The Miller of Dee

The music's good, but the dance is a bit long and repetitive, so we don't do it these days.

• Littleborough

The Rattlin' Bog

Donkey Riding

• Mona's Delight

Eunyssagh Vana

From the Isle of Man, this elegant dance was collected by the Manx folklorist Mona Douglas.

• Plymouth

Soldier's Joy

• Portland Hill

Jamie Allen

Astley's Ride plus 3rd tune - Davy Davy Nick Nack

A wonderfully complex dance taught to us Great North Clog.

• Saint Giles

The Athole Highlanders (midi)
The Athole Highlanders (gif file)

The signature dance of the sadly defunct Jenny Geddes Clog Morris from Edinburgh. They taught it to us a few years ago, and we are now dancing it regularly in order to keep it in use. It's a really attractive and interesting dance, which shows the dome of St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh at the end.

• Shawforth

The Olive Branch

If you've ever watched Belfagan in action, this is the one with the garlands and the high kicking!

• Silly Molly

Speed the Plough

Molly dancing is a whole other tradition in the world of morris dance. Look at our links page if you want to know more!

• Singleton

The Dorset 4-hand Reel

Learned from Singleton Cloggers, who created it.

• Whitby

Whitby Shindig

This garland dance represents various features of the town of Whitby, and was taught to us by Jenny Geddes Clog Morris.

• Wigton

Hundred Pipers

Originally created for Wigton Carnival. Can be a processional dance when there's a need for one.

• Yellow Sheepskin

Yellow Sheepskin

An unusual circle dance for any number, learned from the Hexhamshire Lasses.

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