Once again, I’ve missed the opportunity of going to see a performance of English Acoustic’s Collective exploration of the British mumming tradition Christmas Champions, though its still possible to catch the original broadcast for Late Junction on which it was based. There is also an interesting article from Folk World about its genesis.
Sadly, this year I won’t be able to catch the Mummer’s Play in Wantage on Boxing Day, which has become a bit of a family tradition in recent years. Its not such a tradition up North, where the plough stotts are more common. I’d like to think I’ll catch the Goathland plough stots, but suspect we won’t make it… (I am now wishing I’d brought the original 1913 pamphlet on the sword dances of Northern England by Cecil Sharp, which I saw in Fossgate Books today..doh!)