Our Society

Hello! We are the University of Bristol Folk Society. As the name implies, we’re a group of people who like doing traditional folk related things and are a society of the University of Bristol Students Union.

We have a long history dating all the way back to 1981, when we first formed. You can read more about this on the Our History page. Today, we’re a very active society doing lots of fun folk activities all year round. We have several branches of the society that focus on different areas:

  • Rag Morris – for all your Cotswold morris dancing needs, with regular teaching practice and public dance-outs throughout the year.
  • Folk Club – we host music and song sessions, put on ceilidhs and run music workshops.
  • Rag Mummers – over the years, members have got together to perform (and write their own) mummers’ plays, a very silly form of traditional folk entertainment indeed!

Membership to the society is free and all (over the age of 16) are welcome to join. You can become an official member here or just come along to one of our activities!

The Committee

The society is run by a committee, elected each year at our AGM.

The 2018-19 committee is:

  • President – a figurehead here to keep the SU happy – Jess
  • Treasurer – responsible to the SU for society funds – Jenny
  • Folk Club Secretary – leader of Folk Club activities – Nick
  • Squire – leader of Rag Morris activities – Joss
  • Bag – organises things for Rag Morris – Matt
  • Foreman – teaches morris dancing in practice – Joe
  • Bookkeeper – keeps track of the money – Joe
  • Paraphernalia Officer – keeps track of the material things – Joss
  • Publicity Officer – tells non-members what we do – Kit
  • Merchandise – provides things to sell – Kit
  • Archivist – keeps track of our history – Jo
  • Room bookings – makes sure we have space to do things in – Jess
  • Music Coordinator – makes sure we have music to morris dance to – Jo
  • Karma Detective – keeps track of how we’re all feeling – Georgie