Morris Dancers from Ironbridge in Shropshire
We are two separate but very closely associated teams of Morris Dancers based in the historic town of Ironbridge in Shropshire.
Although we dance separately, we almost always appear together (that way we get a rest between dances!), and many of the dancers from one team appear as musicians while the other is dancing.
Originally formed in 1976, we have danced at festivals all over the country - with The Severn Gilders being former winners of the Ritual Dance Competition at the Sidmouth Folk Festival.
Apple Day in Coalbrookdale
A film by Liam Southall featuring The Ironmen and Severn Gilders
"Monday on Whitsunday Week, 7th June last, Morriss dancers of Broseley with 6 sword bearers - coming to Nordley, calling for what drinke they pleased, left most parte thereof unpaid and insulted the people of the house ... there would have been a great fray and blood shed yf not murder"
Submission to the Wenlock Magistrates, August 9th 1652
We have danced in Spain, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and France, and have appeared on a number of radio and television programmes, including "Folk on Two", "Newsnight" and "The Big Breakfast".
The Ironmen have appeared in a Japanese TV documentary and featured in a film made jointly by the BBC and The Arts Council of Great Britain which was shown on BBC2 as part of a series called "Dance for the Camera".
When we're not dancing away from home - often as guests of another team - then you might catch us on The Iron Bridge itself.
Whenever possible, our performances are accompanied by a large band of enthusiastic musicians, and we're proud to have been the nurturing ground for one of the country's most "danceable-to" ceilidh bands: All Blacked Up and to have provided a couple of founder members of the exciting, new kids on the ceilidh block: Ceilidhography.