Kettle Bridge Clogs
Kettle Bridge Clogs perform traditional dances from Lancashire and Cheshire, plus newer dances created in the North-West style. They use garlands, sticks, slings and bobbins to emphasise hand movements in the dances.
‘You can spot us easily, by our blue-and-white striped dresses, purple over-skirts, shocking pink hosiery, straw boaters and black clogs.’
Their band plays instruments which are traditional in North-West Morris, including accordion, melodeon, concertina and percussion (to keep the dancers in step!). The repertoire includes traditional folk tunes, military marches and even some from films, music hall and rock. Please find them on their website or facebook page. They are always looking for more dancers. Contact should be via the Contact Page on our website.
In Whitstable in the early 1970’s a bunch of musicians played regularly in pubs around the town and at Whitstable folk club. Their girlfriends recruited some likeminded women to launch a new Morris side in 1975 accompanied by these musicians. It was from Whitstable’s fame for oysters that this team adopted the name Oyster Morris and they chose all-white kit enhanced by green and red ribbons. A men’s side began soon after adding black waistcoats and top hats to the basic kit.
Their Green Man, who combines the roles of jester and announcer symbolises in his green and white make up and costume the endlessly changing seasons and, in particular, the new life of springtime. And the spirit of spring is also represented by the Jack-in-the-Green character which is central to Whitstable May Day celebrations, the high-lighting the Oyster Morris calendar.