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.
The latest video of us from BBC Esat Midlands Today new (badly edited) is here.
Greenwood bookings for 2023 so far include
Monday 15th May: Off
Monday 22nd May: Beeston Marina NG9 1NA, 8pm; Commercial Inn, Beeston, NG9 2LU, 9pm
Monday 29th May (Bank Holiday): Woodlark, Church St, Lambley, Nottingham NG4 4QB, 8pm
Monday 5th June: The Old Green Dragon, Blind Lane, Oxton NG25 0SS, 8pm
Monday 12th June: The Air Hostess, Stanstead Avenue, Tollerton NG12 4EA, 8pm
Monday 19th June: Spanish Bar, South Street, Ilkeston DE7 5QJ, 8pm
Monday 26th June: The Salutation, Hounds Gate, Nottingham NG1 7AA, 8pm; The Trip to Jerusalem, Brewhouse Yard, 1, Nottingham NG1 6AD, 8:45pm
Monday 3th July: The Canal House, 48-52 Canal St, Nottingham NG1 7EH, 8pm
Sunday 8th January : Plough Sunday at pubs in Southwell
Last year 2022
Sunday 19th March 1pm Sandiacre Lock Cottage
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.
Monday 6th June – Spanish Bar, South Street, Ilkeston DE7 5QJ, 8pm.
Monday 13th June – The Air Hostess, Stanstead Avenue, Tollerton NG12 4EA, 8pm.
Sunday 19th June: Sandiacre Lock Cottages.
Monday 20th June – The Old Ship, Main Street, Lowdham NG14 7BE, 8pm.
Monday 27th June – Woodlark, Church St, Lambley, Nottingham NG4 4QB, 8pm.
Saturday 17th July: Newark Traditions Festival.
Saturday 3rd September: Lincoln Big Morris day.
Tuesday 20 September: Friar Lane Nottingham Society of Artists show.
Tuesday 27 September: Galleries of Justice show
Saturday 15th October: Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, from 1:15pm
Photos from our 2023 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".
See also our Facebook page, search for Greenwood Step Clog Dancers/ here.