Documenting English Music, Dance and Song
This is Morris Dancing.
The Traditions of Derbyshire Morris in Winster, Castleton and Tideswell.
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.
“as a visual record of the tradition it is excellent…a lively, attractive and accurate account”. Roy Judge.
This film was originally shot in 16mm format in 1982.
Length 56 minutes. Price £11.50 including p&p.
Copyright © Garland Films 2014