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Folk Plays - Winter 2004/2005

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Co. Sligo "Sidhe Gaoithe" Mummers & Strawboys

Co. Sligo "Sidhe Gaoithe", Brian Boru on left and Fionn Mac Cumhaill engage in mortal combat Co. Sligo "Sidhe Gaoithe", Dr.Brown performs his magic on the fallen Brian Boru. Co. Sligo "Sidhe Gaoithe", Strawboys at a wedding, with the bride and groom seated in the middle.

"Sidhe Gaoithe" Mummers practicing at Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo, Ireland, Christmas 2004, and the Strawboys at a wedding, Aug.2004

Cowden Mummers

Cowden Mummers, Group photo Cowden Mummers, The Doctor

Cowden Mummers (Elsie's Band plus friends) at the Queen's Arms, Cowden Pound, near Edenbridge, Kent, England, 18th Dec.2004

Minstead Mummers

Minstead Mummers, The Doctor has 'cured' the bent over Old Woman who has thrown off her cloak and is chasing him around the bar. Minstead Mummers, Johnny Jack (with family on his back) & Father Christmas with his traditional multi pointed staff topped with greenery. Minstead Mummers, Left to right: King George, Doctor, Johnny Jack, Turkish Knight (in background) & Father Christmas

Minstead Mummers in the bar of the Trusty Servant, Minstead, Hampshire, England, 18th Dec.2004

Middleton Mummers

Middleton Mummers, Middleton Mummers first appearance in Middleton, Cowling to mark their fifth year of performing.

Middleton Mummers, North Yorkshire, England on the 19th Dec.2004

Otterbourne Mummers

Otterbourne Mummers, King George, with Father Christmas in the background Otterbourne Mummers, Father Christmas and the Turkish Knight Otterbourne Mummers, The Doctor stands ready beside Johnny Jack, While the Turkish Knight kneels before King George, with Father Christmas in the background

Otterbourne Mummers performing in Otterbourne, Hampshire, England on 19th Dec. 2004

Ashley's Rise Morris

Ashley's Rise Morris, The Dragon Knight is boasting

Mumming at the Colston Hall, Bristol, England, 20th December 2004

Bowen Island Black Sheep Mummers

Bowen Island Black Sheep Mummers, Group picture

Bowen Island Black Sheep Mummers, 21st Dec.2004 at Doc Morgan's Pub on Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada

Potterne Mummers

Potterne Mummers, Presenting the collection for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Potterne Mummers, Wiltshire, England, Christmas 2004

Holbeck Moor Mummers

Holbeck Moor Mummers, The Doctor Holbeck Moor Mummers, Turkish Knight Holbeck Moor Mummers, Gallant Soldier Holbeck Moor Mummers, King George Holbeck Moor Mummers, Father Christmas Holbeck Moor Mummers, Noble Captain

Holbeck Moor Mummers at their Annual Christmas Party 2004 at the Grove Inn, Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Brafront Guizers

Brafront Guizers, St.George warms up the audience and his sword arm. Brafront Guizers, The Doctor explains what he can do. Brafront Guizers, Old Mother helps the Doctor remember what to do next!

Brafront Guizers at the Old George, Hotel, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, England, 26th Dec.2004

Keynsham Mummers

Keynsham Mummers, King George fights the Turkish Knight Keynsham Mummers, All fall down - after helping to extract the tooth Keynsham Mummers, The Mummers line up for a dance

Keynsham Mummers, Boxing day 2004 at the Lock and Weir, Keynsham, Somerset, England

Overton Mummers

Overton Mummers, The team in action in Overton village centre Overton Mummers, Team Photo

Overton Mummers performing in Overton, Hampshire, England on Boxing Day

Redcar Sword Dancers

Redcar Sword Dancers, The Beheading of the Clown Redcar Sword Dancers, The Lock at the end of the dance concluding the performance

Redcar Sword Dancers performing Greatham Sword Dance Play at Greatham, Co. Durham, 26th Dec.2004

Steyning Tipteerers

Steyning Tipteerers, "Oh fie, Oh fie my man is slain and on the ground his body lain."

The Steyning Tipteerer Play performed by Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men at The Star, Steyning, West Sussex, Boxing Day 2004

Yateley Mummers

Yateley Mummers, Mascacre outside the Queen's Oak, Finchamstead Yateley Mummers, King George and the Noble Captain fight outside the Dog and Partridge, Yateley

Yateley Mummers on Boxing Day 2004 at Finchampstead, Berks. & Yateley, Hants., England

Chiddingfold Tipteerers

Chiddingfold Tipteerers, Group Photo outside The Crown Chiddingfold Tipteerers, Left to right outside the Winterton Arms: Gallant Soldier, King George and the Turk

The Chiddingfold Tipteerers performing in Chiddingfold, Surrey, England, 27th December 2004

Moulton Mummers

Moulton Mummers, After the cure Moulton Mummers, The final song

Moulton Mummers performing on Stocks Hill, Moulton, Northamptonshire, England, 27th Dec.2004

Wolfville Mummers Troupe

Wolfville Mummers Troupe, Left to right: Dragon (Wendy Elliott), St.George (Jan Buley), the Princess (David Buley), and the Turkish Knight (Steven Slipp)

The Mummers Troupe of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, New Year's Eve 2004

Owlswick Morris

Owlswick Morris, St.George (Chris Blane) Owlswick Morris, Players photo-call

Owlswick Morris at The Plough, Finstock, Oxfordshire, England, 1st Jan.2005

The Long Company

The Long Company, Left to right: Prince of Paradine & the Dragon The Long Company, Left to right: St.George and the Prince of Paradine

The Long Company at the Navigation, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England, 2nd Jan.2005

Leominster Morris

Leominster Morris, The Doctor meets Jack Dout the Fool

Leominster Morris performing their play on the 6th Jan.2005 at a Wassail in local orchards, Herefordshire, England

Muskham Pinkies

Muskham Pinkies, The Doctor revives Tom Fool before a rapt audience at the Crown, North Muskham Muskham Pinkies, Group Pose at the Crown, Bathley

Muskham Pinkies of North Muskham, Nottinghamshire, England, performing on the 6th Jan.2005

Hudson River Mummers

Hudson River Mummers, Fool (Henry Chapin) Hudson River Mummers, Doctor (Fred Matzner) Hudson River Mummers, Hobby (Terry Joshi)

Hudson River Mummers of New York City performing at the Yulefest-Take Joy in Stratford, Connecticut, USA on the 8th Jan.2005

Doncaster Mummers

Doncaster Mummers, "Alas! Alas! My chiefest son is slain" Doncaster Mummers, "Now the Prince of Paladine is dead"

Doncaster Mummers performing the Hooton Pagnell Plough Play on Sunday 9th January 2005 at Hooton Pagnell Hall.

Belvoir Mummers

Belvoir Mummers, Waiting to start at the Crown and Plough, Long Clawson Belvoir Mummers, The Lady Bright and Gay (Steve Tunnicliff) spots a photo opportunity and shows off her new frock at the Rose & Crown, Hose

The Belvoir Mummers of Leicestershire, England performing on the 10th Jan.2005

Sullivan's Sword

Sullivan's Sword, Group Photo

Sullivan's Sword at The Plough Inn, Radford, Nottingham, England, 10th Jan.2005

Tollerton Ploughboys

Tollerton Ploughboys, Dame Jane with her baby entertains the family Tollerton Ploughboys, Hobby Horse and Tom Fool Tollerton Ploughboys, Group Photo

Tollerton Ploughboys performing at Hall Farm, Tollerton, Nottinghamshire, England on the 10th Jan.2005

North Curry Mummers

North Curry Mummers, Left to right: Back Row - Doctor Goode (Dr.James Hickman), Old Father Time (John Mathias), St.George’s Mother (Don Church), Devil Doubt (Adam Bushell), Beezlebob (Stuart Lydon), Johnny Jack (Michael Highfield). Front Row: The Black Knight (Jules Bushell), The Guiser (David Lawrence),  St.George (Steve Dyer)

North Curry Mummers, Somerset, England, photographed 26th Dec.2004

Thameside Mummers

Thameside Mummers, Posing for photographs after performing the Templar play from Tendering in Essex Thameside Mummers, "Red Side Down!". The 'New Christmas' play (origin unknown)

The Thameside Mummers performing at Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge in Epping Forest, 9th Jan.2005

Galleries on Other Websites

Galleries on Other Websites, Hammingden Tipteerers Mummers performing at the Sloop Inn, Freshfield, West Sussex, England, 18th Dec.2004. King George fights the Turkish Knight Galleries on Other Websites, Finstock Mummers outside the Bell, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, 19th Dec.2004 Galleries on Other Websites, St.Nicholas-at-Wade Hoodeners' play at the Bell, St.Nicholas-at-Wade, Kent, England, 23rd Dec.2004
Galleries on Other Websites, Dartmoor Border Morris performing the Buckland Abbey Play at  Walkhampton, Devon, England on the 26th Dec.2004. Galleries on Other Websites, Woodside Mummers outside the Coach & Horses, Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, England, Boxing Day 2004 - The Doctor revives St.George
Galleries on Other Websites, Wantage Mummers' Play sponsored by Icknield Way Morris Men, Wantage, Oxfordshire, England, performed on the 26th Dec.2004. King Alfred is slain by Beau Slasher. Galleries on Other Websites, Vancouver Morris Men performing the Bassingham Wooing Play in Vancouver, 9th Jan.2005 - The Old Dame and the Fool get it together...

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