Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
concertina ceol Folklore: Dancing up the sun (69* d) RE: Folklore: Dancing up the sun 27 Apr 07

Hi Les

May Day is traditionaly the first day of summer and I suppose the dancing is a remnant of the may fairs that were commonly held on this day throughout england. In theory the frosts are all finished so there is a celebration before the hardwork of planting begins.

The first of may has also gained a reputation in more recent times as a day when workers can assert their rights to fair pay, equal treatment etc. In their wisdom the british goverment have the may bank holiday as a "movable feast" and so the bank holiday usually falls on the nearest inconvenient day to may day.

Weald of Kent dance predominantly adderbury, bampton and headington dances being formed in 1988 by former members of two nearby cotswold sides Ravensbourne MM and Hartley MM. Surely you have heard of them?!


Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.
   * Click on the linked number with * to view the thread split into pages (click "d" for chronologically descending).

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.