Pig Dyke Molly - Quotes
When my daughter took her first faltering steps in the Young Miscellany Costume in 2005, and Morris was a whole new thing to us, we saw Pig Dyke perform at Ely. We were all completely smitten at first sight and thought you were by far the most captivating of all the sides we had seen.
Fourteen years on, and having also been a member of two “grown up” sides as musician and dancer - as well as my continuing involvement in YM - I must have seen the best part of 100 sides. But I still think you completely out-shine them all, which I was reminded of yesterday at St Neots.
Visually, as I’m sure you have been told many times before, you are absolutely stunning. All other sides are competing for second place when it comes to appearance. I’m actually quite ambivalent about “uniforms” and I love the way you all look completely individual within the black and white scheme.
I also love the way you use your own, slightly quirky music, and come up with your own dances, which I can see must take a lot of time creating and rehearsing. I realised yesterday that another thing I like is the complete silence of your dancers - no bells, no whistles, rubber-soled shoes. Very classy.
A couple of years ago I got chatting to your melodeonist who wasn't there yesterday. She showed me her instrument which wasn't tuned in the usual D/G keys. It wouldn't be would it? The common thread in all of this is originality which is something I value greatly and - almost by definition - is usually in short supply at events which feature performances of “traditional” dances.
As a YM’er, I was delighted to see that you had a young member who was an absolutely cracking dancer. I hope she can persuade some of her friends to join too.
I felt honoured to be able to join in with Moral Turpitude yesterday, which has to be about the best audience participation dance on the circuit, due to its spontaneous simplicity.
So I just wanted to say: please keep doing what you’re doing. Keep creating, innovating and engaging audiences, young and old. You light up every event you are a part of.
Joe French, after St Neots Folk Festival, 9 June 2019
We did so well on Saturday on our Pimms stall we sadly sold out!! Unbelievable! Still it enabled us to have a rest at the end and chat to people.
Thanks again to you all for being so stunning.
Somersham Carnival Organisers, 27 June 2011
I have only seen you on the net but hoping to change that and go
to Chippenham this year...
I am an ex north west morris dancer turned drummer but your videos have inspired me to start up a molly group here in South Birmingham.
A Music CD customer, February 2011
Glen describing 28 July at the Woolpack, July 2010
"I saw them in Peterborough just before
Christmas...they were magnificent, numerous, entertaining, young and
mixed. I'm not a Morris participant but if I were I wouldn't go
anywhere near an organisation that excludes women. Whereas this lot
are just the kind of shot in arm that would get a casual observer
like me interested.
Internet forum discussion on the Ring's threat of imminent death of morris dancing
Shouted at three members of the team in full kit and facepaint as they walked over Parker's Piece in Cambridge, Mayday 2009
comment on YouTube video, suspected to be from Mike O'Connor
Spectator at Benwick Dickensian Market, November 2009
Comment on YouTube video from Straw Bear 2009, 2009
At 11am on a cold, sunny day they make a slightly alarming
sight, like a giant Goth gang that missed the last bus home last
night and are now so out of their minds with longing for White
Lightning that they're dancing for pennies.
Caitlin Moran, The Times On Line