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The Rapper Book


The Rapper Book by Phil HeatonWritten by the Sword Dance Union’s own, Phil Heaton, Rapper – The Miners’ Sword Dance of North East England is a book that celebrates the origins and recent developments of the short sword dance that originated in the pits and collieries of the North East.

What was once a pastime purely for men from the coalface in this corner of England is now a fast, entertaining and skillful dance practiced by thousands of people in the UK, the USA, Canada and Australia and increasingly in Europe.

The new book, written by native North Easterner Phil Heaton, pulls together a collection of newspaper cuttings, documents, family histories and tales from the former Northumberland and Durham coalfields from where the dance originated.

You can purchase the book and/or accompanying DVDs from the EFDSS Folkshop by clicking JUST HERE.


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