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Here are links to other traditional sword dancing websites and organisations. The Sword Dance Union takes no responsibility for the content of external sites. If you know of a useful link please use the contact form on the About Us page.


Buying rapper and longswords

Frank Lee – has been making rapper and longswords, as well dancing with teams for over 30 years

Jimmie Killner – makes traditional rapper swords for use by the many dance teams who perform the rapper dances of the North East of England


Footwear and clothing

Anchor Supplies – Anchor Supplies are a British Army and Military Surplus Store in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Specialists in cheap ‘parade’ shoes perfect for rapper and longsword.

The One Stop Morris Shop – has rapper shoes and collarless shirts for sale, amongst other dancing-related items


More about sword dancing around the UK and Europe 

Jeremy Carter-Gordon – winner of a Thomas J Watson Fellowship, who has studied the history, culture and performance of European sword dancing


More about rapper

Rapper Online – An overview of rapper sword dancing and lots more besides

DERT 2015 – the latest installment of the Dancing England Rapper Tournament, this year held in the fair city of Bristol. Manchester in 2016, courtesy of Medlock Rapper.

The NUT on the Net – an old website for the NUT magazine, not currently updated, but still contains interesting material

Great Meadow Morris and Sword – High school age children from the Greater Boston area perform morris and sword dances

The NUT – a thrice yearly magazine detailing all sorts of salacious gossip and doings in the world of short sword


More about longsword

wikipedia – a good starting point for knowing more

Institute of Philosophy – a website detailing an older set of ideas of the origins and practice of the dances. Despite being published in 2000 it still hankered after the Sharp/Fraser view of classical male priesthoods and rituals

John Asher’s take – a general overview of some of the longsword traditions


Mumming links – the website for performers and researchers of folk plays (often called guisers’ or mummers’ plays) – the International Mummers Festival


Other traditional dance links

Dancing England – a reboot of the showcase events of 1979 – 1987

The EFDSS – promotes English folk music, song and dance

The Morris Ring – National Association of Men’s Morris Dance and Sword Dance Clubs

The Morris Federation – a UK association of self-governing Morris clubs

Open Morris – the third umbrella organisation for UK morris teams


The Earsdon Boys

The Earsdon Boys

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  1. You might like to note that the Morris Ring Folk Play Archive specialises in Sword Plays and tradiitions where a possible play is indicated by a beheading. A listing made in 2013 covers 27 A4 pages and is available from me by e-mail as are most of the items listed. Most of this was shared with Ivor Allsop. New material always welcome.

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