Tyne & Wear

Sharp collected songs from 2 singers at the Newcastle Union workhouse in 1910.

He also noted sword (rapper) dances from Swalwell, Earsdon, Winlaton and North Walbottle. This was important recovery work but for the rich history of rapper competitions and village sides in the NorthEast, see https://www.rapper.org.uk/history.html and also the DERT (Dancing England Rapper Tournament) notes https://dert2019.co.uk/pit-village-coach-tour/notes/ 

The article by EC Cawte 'A History of the Rapper Dance' in Folk Music Journal 1981 is also essential reading.