FTX-105 - IN COMES I, TOM FOOL

LINCOLNSHIRE PLOUGH PLAYS

Considered to be the most ancient of surviving ritual dramas, these Plough Plays feature the Hobby Horse, a Sword Dance, a Man-Woman and a wooing scene. The play contains two songs: ALL JOLLY FELLOWS THAT FOLLOW PLOUGH & THE FARMER'S BOY. For those who do not contribute food or money, the houses visited may get the "plough treatment", in which their hand-drawn plough is used to "jag" up the front hearth-stone or drive a furrow across the best lawn. This was recorded by Peter Kennedy at a live performance at Barrow-on-Humber in 1954 with musicians Luke Stanley (melodeon), Frank Bell (tambourine) and Jesse Mumby (jug and pan)
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Barrow-on-Humber Plough Jags revived for the Festival of Britain in 1951

The leader, Jack Martin, talks about reviving the play in 1951 - Luke Stanley about the music and Richard Brown about the old days. At Helpringham, C.H.Aram introduces five actors with their parts: Tom Fool, Thrashing Blade, Beelzebub, Hopper Joe, Musical Jack, Besom Bet, Hobby Horse, Ploughboy, Dame Jane, Recruiting Sergeant, Lady, Indian King, Doctor and the Foreign Traveller

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