Southern Lights are based in Southampton and display ladies’ traditional folk dance in what they perceive to be a Southern style (no clogs, no marching, no big drums or big flowery hats!).
They use small sticks, hankies, Mollies (twirlers), ropes or anything else that comes to mind, including absolutely naked hands. Their aim is to keep the dancing tradition alive, give it modern relevance and bring it to the public’s attention.
Most of their repertoire consists of dances created for the side, using traditional steps and formations in an innovative way.
They dance to our own band, who play not only traditional dance tunes, but also contemporary tunes from some of today’s finest composers and exponents in the world of folk music, and some tunes specially written for the side by their original accordion player, Carrie Jones.