Knots of May

Lewes, Lewes District


The Knots of May are a woman's Morris team and perform dances from all areas of the United Kingdom and the Continent and also many that have been specially choreographed for them. They wear shoes or Lancashire clogs and use short-ribboned sticks or garlands in most of their dances.

The music comes from a variety of sources but has been selected as being appropriate for the dances. Most of the tunes are traditional, English or European, but former musicians have written a few tunes.

Their season starts on Good Friday at Alciston. On May Day they dance at Lewes inviting the children to make a flower garland and join them in a procession through the town. They take an annual trip to Aldeburgh, in Suffolk, to join in their carnival, and in the autumn dance at the Old Ale celebrations at Harvey's Brewery in Lewes.

For contact details, this years programme, photos and more, see the website of the Knots of May.

Sussex Folk Association: Knots of May

Copyright SusFA/John Douglas

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