The Sword Dances of Northern England Together With The Horn Dance of Abbots Bromley by Cecil J. Sharp

Book Cover: The Sword Dances of Northern England Together With The Horn Dance of Abbots Bromley by Cecil J. Sharp
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 7.99
ISBN: 9781291736441
Pages: 139

Cecil Sharp’s collection of Sword Dances.

A collection of Sword-Dances and accompanying music collected, described and arranged by Cecil J. Sharp. Long-Sword Dances The Kirby Malzeard Sword-Dance The Grenoside Sword-Dance Short-Sword Dances The Swalwell Sword-Dance The Earsdon Sword-Dance Also The Abbots Bromley Sword Dance

This edition also incorporates the accompanying Songs and Dance Airs.

Rush-Bearing by Alfred Burton

Book Cover: Rush-Bearing by Alfred Burton
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 7.99
ISBN: 9781291941807
Pages: 158

The practice of strewing rushes in church as a primitive carpet has long since passed into history but the rush-bearing tradition is still upheld in a few towns in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Many of our old customs are fading away into the dim mists of antiquity, and all but the name will soon be forgotten. This is much to be regretted, because they were attended with a great deal of pure enjoyment, and were looked forward to by the people for weeks before the event.

One of these is the old custom of strewing rushes, and its attendant ceremony of the rush-bearing, with its quaint rush-cart and fantastic morris-dancers.

Once common to the whole country, it now lingers only in a few isolated places, principally in the hill districts of Lancashire and Yorkshire.