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About this issue of "Rattle Up My Boys"

Summary: Series 15  Issue 1

Published: Spring 2006

Editor: Andrew Kennedy

Featured in this issue:

  • You just can’t get away from them (p1):
    Goathland Plough Stots photo on eBay
  • The Bilk Sword Dance (p2)
  • Sword in St. Albans (p4)
  • The NUT – an Appeal (p4)
  • Whittlesea Straw Bear (p5)
  • Boxing Day Report (p6)
  • Coming soon…. (p7): DERT in York; Kelham Island Workshop and Morris Ring election
  • Brief Notes (p7)
  • Midwinter Selection (p8)


This issue explores the rich tradition of sword dancing across various regions, featuring historical accounts and modern practices. Highlights include the Goathland Plough Stots from Yorkshire, the Bilk Sword Dance from Germany, and vibrant performances at the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival. Detailed descriptions of dance techniques, historical contexts, and the evolution of sword dancing are provided. The issue also covers contemporary events such as the Dancing England Rapper Tournament in York and the Kelham Island Longsword Workshop in Sheffield. Insights into the cultural significance and community involvement in sword dancing traditions are emphasized.

Featured sides

The featured sides in this issue include Pengwyn Rapper, Rockingham Rapper, Sallyport Swords, Sir Harry’s Sword Dancers, Southport Swords, Stevenage Swords, Stone Monkey, Wype Doles, PRATS (Pately Bridge Real Ale Tasting Society), Sharp Sword, Spen Valley Longsword, Northgate Rapper, White Star Sword, and Green Man’s Morris and Sword Club. Additionally, the Goathland Plough Stots and Handsworth Sword Dancers are highlighted for their contributions to the tradition.

Featured events

The issue highlights several events, including the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival held from January 13-15, 2006. The Dancing England Rapper Tournament is scheduled for the weekend of March 17-19, 2006, in York. The Kelham Island Longsword Workshop will take place on April 2, 2006, in Sheffield. Other notable mentions include performances at the Chafford Arms in Fordcombe, Kent, and the Goathland Plough Stots’ Plough Tour on January 14, 2006. Additionally, the North Skelton long sword dance was showcased outside St. Albans Town Hall during the Morris Ring meeting from July 29-31, 2005


#Editor: Andrew Kennedy
#Citation: Rattle Up My Boys (RUMB), 15(1),


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