Gloucestershire

Sharp first visited Gloucestershire in March 1907, when his primary target was morris dances rather than folk songs. Only the main informants for dance are included here. He was able to reconstruct the dances from 3 villages – Sherborne, Bledington and Longborough – and publish these in his instructional Morris Books. As a result these dances are still performed today. The Chipping Campden morris tradition is very much alive and the Oddington style endures too (thanks to Clive Carey). Sharp returned again and again to the county for folk songs too. In total Sharp interviewed 51 singers and dancers in the county. The http://glostrad.com website is a mine of information and Keith Chandler's publications are legendary.

Map Illustration by Tom Jay.