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EFDSS celebrates the launch of the BFI's 'Here's a Health to the Barley Mow' DVD

The museum attended the launch of the BFI's wonderful double DVD, 'Here's a Health to the Barley Mow: A Century of Folk Customs and Ancient Rural Games'.

The BFI describes it thus: From the sexy, savage' Cornish May Day rites of Alan Lomax's 'Oss Oss Wee Oss' to Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane's footage of ferociously fought traditional football; from children's games in London's bombed East End to intricate sword and step dances, this collection of poetic documentaries, long un-seen television reports and rare silent film footage, reveals just how powerful and enduring the folk traditions of Great Britain have always been.

The audience at EFDSS was treated to some samples of the music played over some of the silent films, curtesy of Laurel Swift. The museum can't recommend this collection of films more highly. For more information click here.