Yorkshire

After initial success at Stillington and Kirkby Malzeard, Cecil Sharp was encouraged to further his investigations into the sword dance traditions of Yorkshire by Vaughan Williams, who used to visit his friends the Gatty family at the village of Hooton Roberts nr Rotherham. Sharp began all this collecting work in July 1910 and eventually published tunes and figures for Kirkby Malzeard, Grenoside, Flamborough, Sleights, Escrick, Skelton, Askham Richard, Handsworth and Ampleforth. He visited other locations in Yorkshire and made notes there too. This website focuses on the main informants interviewed and only lightly discusses the history or continuity of the various traditions.

He collected from a singer and a musician at Goathland as well as one singer at Whitby. Yorkshire was considered the preserve of the great collector Frank Kidson. A helpful starting point for folk music in Yorkshire today may be http://www.folk-now.co.uk