Boomkat Product Review:
Amazing collection of poetic documentaries, long un-seen television reports and rare silent film footage revealing just how powerful and enduring the folk traditions of Great Britain are. 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 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.
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 Montfort’s 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) Here’s 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) 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 1960’s (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)
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) Castleton’s Traditional Garland Day (2000) The Burry Man of South Queensferry (2000-02).