Folk dancing

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Gwenno, quarry raves and the punks of Penzance: inside the Cornish music explosion
A buzzy new venue is spearheading a south-western musical renaissance, with hundreds of people dancing in the streets after a booming club night. Our writer hits the floor for the Cornish conga

Oliver Berry

24, Jan, 2023 @3:00 PM

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‘It was change or die’: why morris men are now welcoming morris women
Women were once excluded from the official folk dance groups – but now the barriers are down. Will this mean the end of traditional morris performances?

03, Oct, 2022 @5:10 PM

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Jacken Elswyth: Six Static Scenes review | Jude Rogers's folk album of the month
Tunes by well-known banjo players inspire new departures that range from avant garde to shimmeringly pretty

Jude Rogers

29, Jul, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Well, slap my shoe! A lederhosen classic and a polka only five men can do
What do you get if you cross a 1,000-year-old Bavarian shoe-slapping dance with an all-male Italian folk routine that was on the brink of extinction? A sweaty, joyous double-bill!

Lyndsey Winship

28, Feb, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Fire, cider and ‘heavy metal morris dancing’: the resurgence of wassailing
A centuries-old outdoor folklore ceremony featuring singing, dancing, costumes and crop-blessings, the wassail is having a pandemic-era revival – with witchy reinventions

Jude Rogers

13, Jan, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Arushi Jain: Under the Lilac Sky review | Ammar Kalia's global album of the month
The composer blends classical Indian vocals and modular synth drones into harmonic textures full of warming solace

Ammar Kalia

25, Jun, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Ron Smedley obituary
Award-winning young people’s TV producer and leading promoter of folk dance and ballet

Derek Schofield

24, Jun, 2021 @5:26 PM

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Morris dancers and the origin of blackface | Letter
Letter: Nicholas Wall says factors such as the use of banjos, minstrel lyrics in songs and oral histories make the link between minstrelsy and border morris irrefutable


03, May, 2021 @3:42 PM

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‘It symbolises the end of the year and the new one beginning’: folk dance in Romania
Our series on evocative travel photographs continues with Alecsandra Raluca Drăgoi documenting traditional Romanian folk festivals

Alecsandra Raluca Drăgoi

25, Dec, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Gerry Bates obituary
Other lives: British Rail engineer who was an active member of Sheffield’s folk scene

Dave Eyre

08, Dec, 2020 @5:47 PM

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Romania's new year bear dancers – Alecsandra Raluca Drăgoi's best photograph
‘Boys and men put on heavy bear costumes, often made of real fur, and make their way to a stage – where a Gypsy with a knife cuts them open to let a demon out’

Interview by Imogen Tilden

08, Jan, 2020 @6:00 PM

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Les Barclay obituary
Other lives: Expert on radio wave communications whose interest began at 14 at a scout jamboree

Sue Barclay

27, Oct, 2019 @5:33 PM

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