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Posted By: Ruth Archer
16-Sep-07 - 05:32 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Subject: RE: Folklore: The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
I've just been on Youtube, watching various Americans doing what they think is Abbots Bromley. My favourites were the ones in strange medieval garb, clearly performing at some ghastly "Ren-Fayre" type of event, who were doing some odd hopping thing that bears no relation whatever to the Abbots Bromley dance. But it did look like an outtake from Blackadder. Hilarious.

The other American sides don't seem to know what it's supposed to look like, either - but they DO seem to have seen Thaxted, which is what they're copying.

To avoid confusion, maybe they ought to call it the Thaxted Horn Dance. Then it would be clear that what they're doing is nothing to do with Abbots Bromley, but based on a revival. Actually, can you have a revival when something is still alive? maybe not - so let's call it an imitation. But at least people would know they were NOT seeing ther Abbts Bromley Horn Dance.