Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

M.W.Barley (1954)

Source:
M. W. Barley
ADDENDA ET CORRIGENDA: PLOUGH PLAYS IN THE EAST MIDLANDS (See JOURNAL E.F.D.S.S. Vol.VII, No.2, 1953): NOTES
Journal of the English Folk Dance & Song Society, Dec.1954, Vol.7, No.3, p.184

Supplementing his 1953 paper (see TD00015), Barley states:

"The Donington document (pp.70-71): It is quite plain that this refers not to a Plough play, but possibly to a Mystery, as Miss Alford and Miss Dean-Smith have remarked.

Tunes (pp.77-78): In addition to the wassail song the Tollerton Plough play includes a song sung by the Recruiting Sergeant, 'Come all you lads that's bound for listing...'

Morris dancers (p.79, lines 8-9 and p.86, n.5): It appears that it might be wrong to regard the Lincolnshire instances of Plough Boys calling themselves Morris dancers as merely the result of popular confusion. 'Morris dancers' made their last appearance at Burgh le Marsh at Christmas, 1886 (MS. History of Burgh le Marsh by C.Brears, p.48, Nottingham University Library). Mr. Aram of Helpringham, Lincs., has stated that 'the Morris dancers went round with the Plough Boys; they used broomsticks to dance with'. I understand the Mrs. Barbara Lowe intends to deal with this and other similar evidence in a study of the early Morris. (Editor's note: See page 186 of this Journal)."

Index Terms:
Locations: Donington, Lincs. (TF2035); Tollerton, Notts. (SK6134); Lincs.; Burgh le Marsh, Lincs. (TF5065); Helpringham, Lincs. (TF1340)
Years: Perf. 1886
Subjects: Plough Plays; Mystery; Song; Recruiting Sergeant; Morris Dancers; Plays; Plough Boys; Christmas; Brears,C. "History of Burgh le Marsh"; Broomstick Dance
People: Maurice Willmore Barley (Auth.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00797

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Mar.2005

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