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Various Artists - Here’s a Health to the Barley Mow: A Century of Folk Customs and Ancient Rural Games

From the sexy, savage’ Cornish May Day rites of Alan Lomax’s Oss Oss Wee Oss, to Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane’s footage of ferociously fought traditional football; from children’s games in London’s bombed East End to intricate sword and step dances, this collection of poetic documentaries, long-unseen television reports and rare silent film footage reveals just how powerful and enduring the folk traditions of Great Britain have always been. This double-disc set of newly remastered films is accompanied by an illustrated 58-page booklet including detailed notes and essays by folk historians. The silent films feature innovative fiddle and melodeon accompaniments by contemporary folk musicians.

Disc 1: Dance and Song
Films taken from Kinora Spools Made in 1912 (1912/1982) Bampton Broom and Morris Dances (1928) Sword
Dances in North Skelton, Handsworth, Sleights, Westerhope and Grenoside (c.1927) Dances by Ilmington
Teams in the Grounds of Peter De Montforts House 1220 AD. Fiddler Sam Bennett (1926) Abbots Bromley,
Painswick and Bampton (c.1928-36) High Spen Sword Dancers (c.1928) Bacup Coconut Dancers (1930)
Grenoside Long Sword Dancers (1938) Wake Up and Dance (1950) Heres a Health to the Barley Mow (1952)
Winlaton Sword Dance from Mining Review 8th Year No 5 (1955) Dick Hewitt The Norfolk Step Dancer
with Percy Brown – melodeon (1979) The Flora Faddy Furry Dance Day (1989) Rapper Dancers at The
National (2003)

Extreme Sports NEWSREELS: Shrove Tuesday Football Games (1921-29) 600-Year-Old Custom! (1927) The
Game of Haxey Hood (1929) Handba at Kirkwall, Orkney (1939) New Year Fireball Festival, Stonehaven
(1965) NEWS STORIES: Shrove Tuesday in the 1960s (1965-66) Ancient and Traditional Sport of Dwile
Flonking (1966) Dwile Flonking from Harleston (1967) Tar Barrel Rolling, Ottery St Mary (2000) Shrovetide
Football, Ashbourne (2000) Hare Pie and Bottle Kicking, Hallaton (2005)

Disc 2: Mummers and Hobbyhorses
The Tichborne Mummers Play (1919) Walk in St George (1952) Oss Oss Wee Oss (1953) Derby Tup (1974)
All Manner of Customs NEWSREELS: Greater London May Queens (1922-30) NEWSREELS: Llandudno May
Queens (1927-29) Boy Bishop of Berden (1927) Merrie England (1928) One Potato, Two Potato (1957) Castleton
Garland Day (1957) Election of New Mayor of Harwich and the Traditional Ceremony of Throwing Kitchels
(1962) All Manner of Customs (1965) Informal Gurning Contest at Whitley Bay (1963) Girl Wearing Earring at
School Dispute (1966) Children of the Moor (1975) The Face of a County (1976) Castletons Traditional
Garland Day (2000) The Burry Man of South Queensferry (2000-02)

Runtime: 365 mins / Colour & B&W

Label: British Film Institute / ISBN 5035673009208
Medium: 2DVD
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