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Margaret Gascoigne
Discovering English Customs & Traditions B 8547
Discovering English Customs & Traditions
88 pages

Tip-toeing at Gittisham, tree-dressing at Aston-on-Clun, coconut dancing in Bacup and clipping-the-church at Painswick are all rituals peculiar to their localities, annual contributions to the extraordinary fabric of English social life. Dozens of quaint traditions that continue in England are described in this book, which also explains the origins of customs like maypole dancing, well-dressing and rush-bearing. Not all these customs go back to pagan origins: some are comparatively recent, though based upon more ancient traditions, and some are modern developments formulated to add colour to modern life.

Price: € 7.50

Maud Karpeles
Singing and Dancing Wherever She Goes EFDSS 2011
Singing and Dancing Wherever She Goes
The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is proud to announce the publication of Maud Karpeles’ biography, written by the late Simona Pakenham. A personal friend of Maud's, Pakenham has combined information from a number of sources: Maud’s unpublished autobiography, notebooks, letters and diaries, supplemented by the reminiscences of many friends. At a time when folk music and arts are enjoying a visible renaissance, this book reveals the invaluable and unique contribution Karpeles made to the development of the folk revival, fieldwork, the evolution of the English Folk Dance Society (EFDS) and the life and work of Cecil Sharp.

Price: € 14.00

Sara Hannant
Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey Through the English Ritual Year B 978185
Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey Through the English Ritual Year
In Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, a man covered from head to toe in straw – the ‘straw bear’ – is paraded through the streets, accompanied by 250 dancers, musicians and performers, while in Ottery St Mary, Devon, a crowd gathers as townspeople hoist barrels of flaming tar on to their shoulders and carry them until they are too hot to handle. Award-winning photographer Sara Hannant has travelled the length and breadth of the country, capturing the seemingly bizarre regional rituals – costumed processions, symbolic dramatizations, traditional dances and fire ceremonies – that mark the changing seasons. Many of these customs claim an ancient origin, and are kept alive today by local communities. Hannant’s vibrant photographs reflect her keen eye for the unexpected, offering a captivating and surprising surprising study of English identity.

Price: € 29.00

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