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Here’s a Health to the Barley Mow: A Century of Folk Customs and Ancient Rural Games

Synopsis
A collection of films celebrating British folk customs and rural games, ranging from morris and maypole dancing, sword and step dances to Shrove Tuesday football games and the Padstow Obby Oss ceremony. The films range far and wide both in terms of the timespan covered - 1912 to 2005 - as well as the types of material: there are regional television reports, early silent films, experimental pieces and poetic documentaries. The double-disc set is accompanied by an illustrated 58-page booklet including detailed notes and essays by folk historians. The silent films feature fiddle and melodeon accompaniments by contemporary folk musicians. The films are arranged according to four main themes: Dance and Song; Extreme Sports; Mummers and Hobbyhorses and All Manners of Customs.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2011
Subjects
Anthropology; Film studies
Keywords
customs; folk dancing; silent films; sport; tradition; morris dancing

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£22.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
365 minutes
Year
2012

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
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