The National Association of Men's Morris & Sword Dance Clubs

Morris DVD Archive

DVD: HERE'S A HEALTH TO THE BARLEY MOW

A Century of Folk Customs and Ancient Rural Games

From Cornwall s 'sexy, savage springtime May day rites to the dangerous rolling of burning barrels of tar in Ottery St Mary, this rich and wide ranging collection of films documents and celebrates the folk customs, songs and dances of Great Britain. Amongst the highlights included here are Alan Lomax s glorious Padstow May Day film Oss Oss Wee Oss (1954); a series of 1912 Kinora spools featuring traditional dances by pioneering folklorists Cecil Sharp and George Butterworth; 1920s newsreels charting Shrove Tuesday football contests; and recent footage shot by filmmakers Doc Rowe and Jeremy Deller showing the exhilarating contemporary performance of folk customs and rituals.

This sumptuous package draws on films collected over many years by the Britain's national and regional film archives and is presented by the BFI in collaboration with the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Price 15.00

DVD: GRENOSIDE TRADITIONAL SWORD DANCERS

This disc contains a newley edited film featuring several archival clips of the Grenoside team, one from as long ago as 1927 together with a new film of the complete dance shot espacially for this DVD.  Also on the disk is a DVD-ROM section featuring over 40 archive films of the team, hundreds of photographs and a wealth of other information including sections on notations for the dance, stepping, history, music and many hundreds of pages of document. The DVD is designed to play on any domestic player.

Price £10.00

 

 

DVD: The Morris Films of Lionel Bacon

Lionel Bacon was born in 1910 and in 1929 went up to Trinity College, Cambridge where he read medicine. He became a keen morris dancer and was admitted to the Cambridge Morris Men in 1932. Whilst with that club, known when touring as the Travelling Morrice, he had the opportunity of meeting, and unusually for that period, of filming both traditional dancers and the revival of the inter-war years. He later joined the London Pride Morris Men in London, and was instrumental in the formation of both the Whitchurch and Winchester teams.

This DVD shows clips of the following occasions and dance teams:

 

  • Travelling Morrice in the Welsh Marches 1932
  • Travelling Morrice in the Cotswolds 1933
  • Cambridge Morris Men at Ringstead Mill, Norfolk 1934
  • Thaxted Morris Weekend 1934
  • Travelling Morrice in Derbyshire - 1934
  • Travelling Morrice in Suffolk 1935
  • Dance tour to Somerset 1935
  • Thaxted Ring Meeting 1936
  • Wargrave Ring Meeting 1936
  • Thaxted Ring Meeting 1937
  • Travelling Morrice in the Cotswolds 1937
  • Bampton Whit Monday 1935
  • Collecting at Bampton 1936
  • Whitchurch Day of Dance 1950

The above feature, amongst others, Henry Hathaway of Swell (1933), William Wells (1935-6), William Kimber (1936 & 1950), The Bampton Morris Men (1935-36), The Headington Quarry Morris Men (1950), The Eynsham Morris (1937), The Chipping Campden Morris (1937), the Winster Morris (1934) and Henry Hemmings of Abingdon (1936), as well as Ring personalities such as Joseph Needham, Alec Hunter, Kenworthy Schofield, Douglas Kennedy, Arthur Peck, Russell Wortley and Walter Abson.

A closely researched commentary is provided. The material was originally shot on 9.5mm film and although every effort has been made to enhance this, the quality often remains poor.

Price: £10.00

DVD: THIS IS MORRIS DANCING

Concentrating on the Winster Morris team, this film examines the history and traditions of the distinctive form of morris dancing found in Derbyshire. The history of the teams is traced back to the early nineteenth century, with press cuttings, photographs and old film clips. The background to the village, and an account of the re-formation of the team in 1977 is given. There are shorter sequences showing the place of dancing in the Castleton Garland ceremony and the Tideswell Wakes torchlight procession.

The second part of the film includes complete coverage of all the dances as at Wakes Saturday 1981 though other dances have been added to the repertoire since and includes general footage of the Wakes day celebrations. This film was originally shot in 16mm format prior to being transferred to DVD.

Price £10.00

DVD: The Derby Tup

"The Derby Tup" is a Christmas Mumming play that, although it has long since died out in Derby itself, still occurs in the North Derbyshire area. It is usually performed by children in the 12-16 age range, visiting pubs in their locality in the weeks before Christmas and New Year. This film shows a version of the play from Ridgeway, Derbyshire, and was filmed in the winters of 1971 and 1972; it includes background to the locality as well as a complete version of the play, and footage of the team performing in several pubs. "A well-produced and sympathetic description of a little-known and fascinating custom." Bill Leader "'Derby Tup' is one of the most important films in the field of English folk custom. Genuine, scholarly, and a sensitive product of the film-makers craft, it deserves to be widely seen and appreciated. Prof S.F. Sanderson.

Price: £10.00