Greenwood Step Clog Dancers are based in Nottingham in the UK, and
were formed in 1974 by Sue Grimes. We danced for the opening of the
Broadmarsh Centre. At that time her husband was our musician. We were
formed as an off shoot of NTMC (Nottingham Traditional Music Club
1967 - 1989), and consisted of the wives / morris widows of Dolphin
Morris, Sullivans Sword, Old Oss Mummers and a rapper side. EFDSS
connected Griff Jones put us in touch with Mandy for the basic Lancashire
We dance step clog, mostly from northern
England, Scotland, and Wales, and choreograph all dances to suit our
members and create a varied spectacle.
Step-clog dancing involves fast and intricate steps, performed
wearing clogs with wooden soles (ideally made of ash wood) and leather
uppers. The best surface to dance on is a smooth resonant surface
such as slate or hard wood.
Wooden soled shoes were once common in industrial areas, particularly
in northern England, south Scotland and south Wales. Step-clog dancing
has been performed in these areas since the middle of the 19th century,
sometimes in competition, sometimes as Music Hall entertainment.
We dance at dawn every year on the 1st of May, about 5.15a.m.,
usually at Nottingham Castle.We share this event with the Foresters
Morris Men, and all join for breakfast afterwards.
We often dance out with the Foresters
Morris Men, since we have several family members in
Some of our members are involved in Freds
Folks Ceilidh Band.
Greenwood bookings for 2022 so far are
Sunday 9th January 12:15 onwards Plough Sunday at various pubs in Southwell
Saturday 29th January: Beeston Light Night.
Sunday 20th March: Sandiacre Lock Cottages.
Friday 22nd April 8pm: Beeston Second Time Around Folk Club, British Legion, Beeston.
Sunday 24th April: 1:30pm Mulberry Cafe, Strelly Hall, Nottingham, then at the Broad Oak Pub, Strelley.
Sunday 1st May 5:20am: Robin Hood statue, Nottingham Castle, then breakfast.
Sunday 15th May: Dove Cottage Hospice, Stathern.
Monday 16th May: The Plough, Main Street, Hickling LE14 3AH, 8pm
Monday 23rd May: Riverside Bar (Beeston Marina) 8pm followed by and Commercail Inn
Monday 30th May: The Old Green Dragon, Blind Lane, Oxton NG25 0SS, 8pm
Friday 3rd June: Canalside Heritage centre, Beeston Lock.
Sunday 19th June: Sandiacre Lock Cottages.
Saturday 17th July: Newark Traditions Festival.
Saturday 3rd September: Lincoln Big Morris day.
Saturday 15th October: Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival
Our shows in 2021 were fewer than usual, and as follows
- Monday 7th June 8pm The Plough, Hickling
- Monday 21st June 8pm Air Hostess, Tollerton
- Monday 12th July Old Green dragon, Oxton
- Monday 19th July Spanish Bar, Ilkeston
- Monday 26th July Commercial Inn, Beeston
2nd August Spanish Bar, Ilkeston
- Monday 16th August Trip to Jerusalem
- Monday 23rd Auhust Woodlark Inn, Lambley
- Monday 30th August Sandiacre Lock
- Saturday 16th October Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival
- Boxing Day 26th December Bottesford Duck Racing
Sunday 12th January: Southwell, Admiral Rodney 12:15 and Final Whistle 2:30
Monday 22 April
Malt Shovel, Shardlow, 11:30am
Wednesday 1st May
Robin Hood Statue, 5:20am
Then breakfast at Joy's
Saturday 4th May
Nuthall Methodist Church - Baking and Mindfulness
Monday 13th May with Foresters
Canal House, Nottingham NG1 7EH 8pm
Monday 20th May with Foresters
Beeston Marina NG9 1NA 8pm;l The Crown, Beeston NG9 1FY 9pm
Sunday 26th May
Cleethorpes Festival 11am - 4pm
Monday 3rd June with Foresters
White Lion, Rempstone LE12 6RH 8pm
Tuesday 4th June
With Ripley Green Garters
Monday 10th June with Foresters
White Lion Kimberley NG16 2PQ 8pm; Dewdrop Inn Ilkeston DE7 5TE 9pm
Monday 1st July with Foresters
Trip to Jerusalem NG1 6AD 8pm
Monday 8th July with Foresters
Woodlark, Church St, Lambley, Nottingham NG4 4QB
Saturday 13th July
Beeston Carnival 12noon in the square
Thursday 18th July with Foresters
Beer Festival at the Plough, Normanton NG12 5NN 8pm
Saturday 20th July
Monday 22nd July with Foresters
Spanish Bar, Ilkeston DE7 5QJ 8pm
Monday 2nd September
Photos from our 2022 shows so far are now on-line here,
as well as links to photos of earlier years.
Any additional photos are always welcome, email them to Eric!
NEW! And a recording of the appearance of Trina, Fee and Eric on Notts TV is here.
The music page here has been updated with new tiunes.
In addition there are many videos available on YouTube by searching for "Greenwood Clog".