The winter season is a good time to join us and start to learn the dances.
We practise on Tuesday evenings, from October 9th to April at the Village / Parish Hall, Woodbury Road, Clyst St George near Exeter EX3 0RE. (8.00 - 10.00pm). See the Programme page for actual dates.
The side has about 25 members and has lots of fun at practice evenings, and at pub evenings and weekends away in the UK or abroad during the summer. We are a mixed side and have around 8 musicians and the rest are dancers. We also have supporters who come out regularly to watch, and enjoy the music and song session afterwards. Among these is Dave Land, who we are indebted to for his excellent photos, many of which are featured on this website - both group photos, and photos of us while we are dancing out.
In the summer we dance out most Tuesday evenings, and after dancing for an hour or so we often go into a local pub and sing and play music. We sometimes go away for Morris dancing weekends together; destinations such as Bridport and Lyme Regis, Minehead, Ilfracombe, Plymouth & Falmouth have featured in recent years. The Side also makes regular trips abroad to France - where we take part in a Champagne Festival, and to Germany where we take part in a Wine Festival. We give displays of Clog Morris dancing around the towns and take part in grand processions. And in the winter we have a social weekend away, usually on the coast.
New members, musicians and dancers are always welcome and should contact us by e-mail or just come along and meet us one Tuesday evening. We are a mixed Clog Morris Side, men and women, no partner necessary, though of course couples are also very welcome.
Raddon Hill Clog Morris dance in the North West tradition, which originated in the cotton mills and factories of the North West of England.
The dances were practised by the factory workers and were danced on feast days, holidays and in carnivals.
Our costume is representative of the working clothes that were worn up to the 1930's. The men would have worn bowler hats and waistcoats and the ladies long flowing skirts. All would have worn hard wearing clogs on their feet, hence we also dance in clogs.
The name "Raddon Hill" comes from a landmark hill with a large tree on top. This is near Shobrooke, Crediton, in Devon, where the side was formed in 1989 by Marian and Colin Bargery.
Our logo is shown at the top of each page, and features the tree on the top of Raddon Hill.