From the Library… English Folk Dance Revived

Today’s pro­gramme fea­tures a col­lec­tion of tra­di­tion­al dance tunes, some of which go back many cen­turies. Revived today in the form of Mor­ris danc­ing and relat­ed gen­res such as Eng­lish Coun­try Dance (ECD), many of the tunes are famil­iar and pop­u­lar today once again, as they were in the 16th cen­tu­ry when the dances of ECD were devel­oped among the gen­try, influ­enced by the folk dances of the time.

We will be fea­tur­ing some of the work of mod­ern pop­u­laris­ers of these gen­res, notably Ash­ley Hutch­ings, includ­ing his Com­pleat Danc­ing Mas­ter and oth­er albums such as excerpts from the Mor­ris On series, which often inter­leave (some­what mod­ernised) ren­di­tions of the pieces with read­ings from con­tem­po­rary writ­ings illus­trat­ing the atti­tudes of those in author­i­ty down the cen­turies to the pop­u­lar pas­time of danc­ing – many of which were down­right hos­tile.

In addi­tion we include oth­er mod­ern ren­di­tions of tra­di­tion­al dance tunes – such as one might find per­formed at a Renais­sance Fayre or peri­od re-enact­ment in the UK or North Amer­i­ca today.

• This pro­gramme is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life, and pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. For more infor­ma­tion on the Cale­don Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Sec­ond Life ref­er­ence libraries in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Cale­don Library Web site, or one of their loca­tions in-world.

• Lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at or any Cale­don Library branch.

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