Pig Dyke Molly - Quotes
Things people have said about us...
Dear Pig Dyke,
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
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
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
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
Well what can I say ..... another amazing performance!! Thank
you all so much for coming along to our Carnival 2011. You all
brought your magic, your personality and total WOW factor to Somersham.
I, personally, have seen you about 4 times and I am never disappointed.
The Somersham villagers loved you. Hope you found the tennis courts
okay to perform in, this was a new venture for us in opening them up.
Any feedback from you guys would be appreciated about the whole event.
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
Thanks again to you all for being so stunning.
Somersham Carnival Organisers, 27 June 2011
[the CD] arrived this morning - already played it and danced round the
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
A Music CD customer, February 2011
There was a girl at the bar who said she 'didn't like folk music
and all that hanky stuff' but that Pig Dyke were 'cool and funky'.
Glen describing 28 July at the Woolpack
"I was at Towersey and there were these
really dark, cool looking people with what looked like to me
they were wearing this KISS (metal band)like make up...black
and white face paint.. just to say they looked cool as %*" !"
"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
"Killer threads, man!"
Shouted at three members of the team in full kit and facepaint
as they walked over Parker's Piece in Cambridge, May Day
The [Sousa] player is a real stormer!
comment on YouTube video, suspected to be from Mike
I thought you were fantastic & I really enjoyed your
performances - the stand out part/performers of the day for me"
Spectator at Benwick Dickensian Market, November 2009
Awesome dance, great musicians, awesome costumes... I normally
don't care for Molly Morris dancing, but this is kickass!
Comment on YouTube video from Straw Bear 2009
With their faces painted to look like Edward Scissorhands,
dressed in black and white Op-Art fabrics, and accompanied by a
large tuba, the Pig Dyke Molly look like Dress Down Friday at
the Robert Smith Academy for Troubled Youths.
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 (full article)