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Make Merry in Step and Song: A Seasonal Treasury of Music, Mummers Plays & Celebrations in the English Folk Tradition Bronwen Forbes

Make Merry in Step and Song: A Seasonal Treasury of Music, Mummers Plays & Celebrations in the English Folk Tradition

Bronwen Forbes

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ISBN : 9780738715001
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264 pages
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See the blazing Yule before us... This is just one of the many ancient British folk songs we all know and love. Other tunes and symbols that tug on our memories have similar historical roots, hearkening back to a shared Pagan past. These dances,MoreSee the blazing Yule before us... This is just one of the many ancient British folk songs we all know and love. Other tunes and symbols that tug on our memories have similar historical roots, hearkening back to a shared Pagan past. These dances, songs, and theatrical plays in the English folk tradition are now little known to most of the modern Pagan community. Reviving these vital traditions can bring new life to Renaissance festivals, neopagan rituals, and community events. Introducing the lively music and homegrown entertainments of times long past, this descriptive how-to is designed for twenty-first-century joviality. The songs, dances, and plays of old are explained in their mythical, seasonal, and historical significance and outlined for easy reenactment. Simple-to-follow instructions detail six dances including the popular Abbots Bromley Horn dance, six full scripts for dramatic performances of Mummers Plays (folk plays of death and rebirth), and over thirty songs with lyrics and music. Kick up your heels, hold high your skirts, and make merry the year through.