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Editor: Colin Andrews

Published: Spring 2014

Number: 77


The article on the background to the custom of blacking up generated a fair number of responses, a representative selection are printed in this edition. Traditions old and new are given an airing, there is a report of a morris jig performed in a most unlikely setting, and anniversaries in this issue span several continents. The Lake District is the setting for our front cover photograph and for the 2014 AGM and Day of Dance, full details of which are given, plus Paul White is as entertaining and controversial as ever.

Download: Newsletter Spring 2014 (4Mb)


  • Blacking up: facing the issues
  • Ragged & Old 30 years on
  • Treacle for Christmas
  • Penkevyll meets Mari Llwyd
  • Paul White’s Diary
  • Something to get your teeth into
  • Morris etiquette: ceilidh spots
  • Intercontinental ale
  • Keswick – gateway to the Lakes
  • Review: Wassailing
  • Ossett Beercart – a new tradition
  • Handbook of morris dancing




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