Documenting English Music, Dance and Song
Dot Murphie. Lancashire Clog Dancer
Dot Murphie learned her clog dancing in Liverpool from Jack Callaghan during the 1920’s. She soon became a professional entertainer, initially touring with a juvenile troupe known as the De Vere Babes, but eventually becoming a solo performer in variety halls all over the UK.
As she was unable to dance at the time the film was made, the steps are performed by Penny Smith. The film features an extended conversation with Dot, describing her career and her dancing and also features shots of a dance class, learning her steps at the Lancashire Wallopers’ Weekend of Dance 2008.
Notations for the steps have been published in the Newcastle Series:
P. Smith, Dot Murphie. Hornpipe Steps, Newcastle: Newcastle Series, (2008), 22p.
Length 32 minutes. Price £11.50 including p&p.
Copyright © Garland Films 2014