M. W. Barley (Auth.)
ADDENDA ET CORRIGENDA: PLOUGH PLAYS IN THE EAST MIDLANDS (See JOURNAL E.F.D.S.S. Vol.VII, No.2, 1953): NOTES
Journal of the English Folk Dance & Song Society,
Dec.1954, Vol.7, No.3, p.184
Supplementing his 1953 paper (see TD00015), Barley states:
"The Donington document (pp.70-71): It is quite plain that this refers not to a Plough play, but
possibly to a Mystery, as Miss Alford and Miss Dean-Smith have remarked.
Tunes (pp.77-78): In addition to the wassail song the Tollerton Plough play includes a song sung
by the Recruiting Sergeant, 'Come all you lads that's bound for listing...'
Morris dancers (p.79, lines 8-9 and p.86, n.5): It appears that it might be wrong to regard the
Lincolnshire instances of Plough Boys calling themselves Morris dancers as merely the result of
popular confusion. 'Morris dancers' made their last appearance at Burgh le Marsh at Christmas,
1886 (MS. History of Burgh le Marsh by C.Brears, p.48, Nottingham University Library). Mr. Aram
of Helpringham, Lincs., has stated that 'the Morris dancers went round with the Plough Boys; they
used broomsticks to dance with'. I understand the Mrs. Barbara Lowe intends to deal with this
and other similar evidence in a study of the early Morris. (Editor's note: See page 186 of this Journal)."
Donington, Lincs. (TF2035); Tollerton, Notts. (SK6134); Lincs.; Burgh le Marsh, Lincs. (TF5065); Helpringham, Lincs. (TF1340)
Plough Plays; Mystery; Song; Recruiting Sergeant; Morris Dancers; Plays; Plough Boys; Christmas; Brears,C. "History of Burgh le Marsh"; Broomstick Dance
Maurice Willmore Barley (Auth.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00797
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