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NatRev
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010, 09:31 PM
I've just seen this excellent show on BBC4 all about Folk Dancing.

I've got to be honest with you and I've always thought Morris Dancers as a tad eccentric and rather odd but watching this show was a real eye opener for me.

Definitely one to watch if you've got BBC4 but you can see it on-line at this site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wgrtr

It's great to see normal honest folk doing something that's traditional and in some way trying to preserve the character of our culture and society.

We don't live that far from Abbot's Bromley and it's motivated us to drive over there next year and maybe see the Stag dancing.

Most shows on the 'Beeb' are pretty naff and reek of PC thought control but now and again they come up with something that's a proper gem!

Definitely one to watch if you're in anyway shape or form interested in Western culture and tradition. :thumbup

Seleferth
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010, 10:02 PM
Watched that last week, we need to keep these traditions going. We only live about 15 miles from the Straw Bear festival, go most years great fun.
http://www.strawbear.org.uk/

Seleferth
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010, 10:03 PM
In fact you ofton get German folk people come over.

NatRev
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010, 10:09 PM
Ha! Looks a bit like the Wickerman! :thumbup

That looks really cool, I wouldn't mind having a look at that myself one year.

Yeah the thing about the Germans, I have to wonder if different folks have similar folk customs in their countries, I think we get to empathise and understand our cousins more if we see the similarities that we share also it does look like fun and nothing brings a community closer together than that. :D

theTasmanian
Thursday, December 16th, 2010, 02:45 AM
I just get a "not available in your area" message across the player screen :|

TrueEnglish
Saturday, December 18th, 2010, 01:19 PM
Morris/ folk dancing is one of the last remnants of our traditional way of life, no wonder then that as you pointed out


I've got to be honest with you and I've always thought Morris Dancers as a tad eccentric and rather odd

you thought it was "odd". That is what people have been led to believe and taught, that it is odd, uncool and stupid. Part of the cultural brainwashing.

The costumes always remind me of those worn by our more culturally aware germanic neighbours.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/content/images/2007/04/23/morris_dancers_a_470x313.jpg

Berrocscir
Monday, December 20th, 2010, 04:10 PM
I missed this prog, so will have to look out for a repeat. I posted a favourable Daily Telegraph preview up here, the other day.

I've had the good fortune to see a rapper dance (no, not the N-Dubz variety!) and a mummer's play in recent years and you hear about them more and more - we are definately witnessing a real shift in attitude and revival.

I think this is in some part due to people having all other cultures rammed down their throats, and so in turn they seek out their own.

flâneur
Saturday, January 8th, 2011, 03:56 PM
I remember a few years ago i saw some morris dancers in Brighton on the level giving a display.
They turned up in an old camper and a shagged out ford anglia with a massive anarchist A painted on the bonnet.

Anyway they got do do their stuff and went through a few different dances explaining to people the significance and importance of the dances to the public and then they went through a few more contemporary dances one of which was danced to Anarchy in the UK by the sex pistols....and watching this old boy smoking his pipe and belt out anarchy in the UK on his squeezebox was a sight i shant forget in a hurry...totally straight faced.
They were a mixture of young and old and if i remember rightly they were from Lewes just up the road....really very good and the public loved it all.

King Sitric
Saturday, January 8th, 2011, 04:04 PM
Traditional Erse Music and Dancing!

Check this out....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hk13Dn7ePY

flâneur
Saturday, January 8th, 2011, 04:17 PM
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What has that irish crap got to do with English morris dancing....?

King Sitric
Saturday, January 8th, 2011, 04:30 PM
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What has that irish crap got to do with English morris dancing....?


....... a traditional common ancestor of the 'British' Isles!


BTW, that ain't 'crap'!

Berrocscir
Friday, January 14th, 2011, 05:19 PM
It's not only folk dance that's is finding favour once more :)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/worldfolkandjazz/8255765/Now-theres-anew-breed-offolk-heroes.html