was formed in 1982 by the Peterborough dancers of Northampton based clog side
Poly Olbion. They, having danced with Poly Olbion for some time, decided to form
a local side.
in the Northwest tradition of morris, i.e. with traditional English clogs (not
to be confused with Dutch clogs, thatís a whole new ballgame.. !!) Kit is
distinctive red and navy plus a leather badge showing the crossed keys, these
being part of Peterborough City's Coat of Arms and symbolises St.Peter's role as
the keeper of the keys to heaven.
are of a traditional nature rooted mainly from the Northwest when cotton mills
were in abundance. The clogs havenít changed much over the years - leather
upper, wooded sole and with, to the underside of the soles, either rubbers
or irons. When clogs were worn in the munitions factories the irons were made of
copper to prevent sparks coming off them !
the years Crosskey have become well established and have been seen at various
events locally and nationally, from local pubs and fetes, to festivals such as
Whittlesea Straw Bear, Rochester May Day, Scarborough, Sidmouth, the late
lamented Expo Steam and others, plus TV appearances.
was the 10th anniversary and also the year they danced in Portugal both as
buskers on the streets and as representatives of English dance in a festival
organised to incorporate song and dance from different nations
many organisations, Crosskey have had a number of changes, perhaps the most
notable was the change form an all ladies to a mixed side, men came in to dance.
Initially it was the partners and husbands - once either part of the band or
part of rent-a-crowd - who came in to dance. While this did boost the number of
available dancers, it did reduce the size of the band. A clog side is best
presented with a big band - in days of yor it was the local brass band that
played for the dance - it adds lift to the dances, punch to the presentation and
just plain welly !! ( and who can forget that infamous Expo Steam "Big
Band" when our own Mike Hurry fronted clog musicians, local ceilidh band
musicians, plus other borrowed musicians to number in the region of 26
!!) They always say you can hear a good clog side band about three streets away
YOU dance ? Would YOU like to try clog dancing ? If you know left from right
you're half way there. Its not that difficult, we will show you the dances, a
bit at a time so itís easier and everyone will help you. We have all got it
wrong to start with, its part of the leaning curve, there's nothing to worry
about (some of Crosskey have been dancing 20 plus years and still get it wrong
!!). Its enjoyable, social and a bit of fun, lets face it, if it wasn't we
wouldn't be doing it !!!
nights are Wednesdays, September through to May, for a couple of hours, then
retiring for a beer, then in the summer months we dance out at different places.
Thereís events to dance at, pub nights, weekends away, it can be a very social
family affair. If you donít like it, at least you can say you gave it a go !!
are ALWAYS looking for musicians. Do you play an instrument ? Fancy
bolstering the clog band ? Well, same applies come alone to a practice night or
event and see what you think. We can supply most of the dots if you want. We are
still aiming for that three streets away big band !!!