The Ironmen & Severn Gilders

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Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2019

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The Ironmen & Severn Gilders come from Ironbridge in Shropshire, England.


We are a joint team that perform two distinct traditions of dancing and some joint dances just to show that we can!

Please click on the links to learn more about our team

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The Ironmen are one of the original

'revival' Border morris teams.

Border Morris is a traditional style that originates along the English/Welsh border (Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) and involves lots of noise,

stick clashing and energy.

Faces are disguised [in the Ironmen's case

with a mixture of black and red to

echo the kit], which reminds us that

the early border dancing was

basically begging when work was scarce,

or busking as we have it today.


The ladies team, The Severn Gilders,

were named after the female workers at the Coalport China Factory [Coalport is just downstream from Ironbridge] - the Gilders - who put the gold decoration on the porcelain.


For both teams the kit colours of red and black are a tribute to the Ironbridge Gorge,  the real birthplace of the industrial revolution, where the cokefires from the iron works coloured the sky.    The yellow highlights hint at the gold on the Coalport ceramics.


Both border and North West morris are often accompanied by a lively band. IMSG are no different having, when everyone is available,  one of the most distinctive morris band sounds in the country!


What better time than now to start a new hobby - or revive an old one! !

The Ironmen and Severn Gilders practise every Monday 8 - 10pm at The Telford Langley School, Dawley, Telford, TF4 3JS.


We are very friendly so you could just turn up - or drop our Secretary [John] a note:           or  


Or use the contact form on this website.        You know it makes sense.