The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #28581   Message #1057915
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
20-Nov-03 - 01:41 PM
Thread Name: Mummers Songs
Subject: RE: Mummers Songs
A reference at the Traditional Drama Research Group, added since Peter Millington posted to this discussion nearly three years ago, mentions three of the titles:

Christmas Mummers' Play from Weston-sub-Edge, Glos. - 1864

The impression given is that these may have been the names of dance tunes, not of songs. It's also possible that they didn't exist at all except as a standing joke; at all events, it appears that the Weston mummers didn't know them, as a note indicates that the tune they actually played for the three-handed reel was Not for Jo[e]

Perhaps someone might follow up the earlier reference to John Kirkpatrick, just in case.