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Joe G 16 Mar 09 - 06:29 PM
SylviaN 16 Mar 09 - 06:34 PM
Ross Campbell 16 Mar 09 - 11:48 PM
MartinRyan 17 Mar 09 - 04:48 AM
GUEST,Jim Martin 17 Mar 09 - 07:49 AM
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Subject: Mummers on Countryfile
From: Joe G
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 06:29 PM

Yesterday's Countryfile had an excellent feature on Mummers from Northern Ireland who dress in straw costumes. if it is on BBC iplayer. It is towards the end of the programme


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Subject: RE: Mummers on Countryfile
From: SylviaN
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 06:34 PM

I caught part of the Mummers appearance. Very interesting.


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Subject: RE: Mummers on Countryfile
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 11:48 PM

Some info here:-
Aughakillymaude Community Mummers Centre

and on YouTube:- Men of Straw - an intro to the Fermanagh Mummers

"All Silver and No Brass - an Irish Christmas Mumming" by American folklorist and social historian Henry H Glassie is a wonderful book, with illustrations by Glassie himself, describing the traditional hero-play found in this part of Ireland, and the people for whom it was a living tradition.

All silver and no brass: an Irish Christmas mumming
By Henry H. Glassie
Edition: reprint, illustrated
Published by University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983
ISBN 0812211391, 9780812211399
192 pages

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £14 post-free (recommended - click through from Mudcat) or you can view it at Google Books.

Ross


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Subject: RE: Mummers on Countryfile
From: MartinRyan
Date: 17 Mar 09 - 04:48 AM

Yes - enjoyed that, alright.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Mummers on Countryfile
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 17 Mar 09 - 07:49 AM

Me too.

They came down to the Scarrif Festival a year or two ago.


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