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From Papa Stor to Grenoside: A Gathering of Britain’s Traditional Sword Dance Groups

After spending a few extra days in Padstow after the May Day celebrations, I took the train to London (playing banjo and trading songs with a fellow on the train), where I stayed in a rather unfortunate hostel. Luckily, I … Continue reading

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Oss Oss! Wee Oss! May Day in Padstow

As I have fallen behind again, it is time for that lovely invention: The Slideshow Post! This one was not on sword dancing, but I have always dreamed of going to Padstow for May Day, and I had a few … Continue reading

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International Sword Spectacular In Germany

After a brief jaunt through Croatia and Bosnia I returned back to Germany to the town of Balingen, just south of Stuttgart, for an International Sword Dance Festival. Unfortunately, due to a dearth of information, I had not much of an … Continue reading

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In the News: A Cowboy in the Sword Dance

My first front page article! Moving up in the world! This has never occurred before in the long history of Traunstein sword dance: The appearance of the 16th Sword Dancer of the Gymnastics Club in the Georgirit festival of Traunstein on … Continue reading

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In The News: US Researcher Doing the Sword Dance in Traunstein

For the first time in the history of the dance we have a guest dancer in our midst. Jeremy Carter-Gordon studied Ethnochoreology at Bard Collage, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. As part of a one-year fellowship he is one of the first people to explore the … Continue reading

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Lastovo Poklad: Costumes, Sword Dancing, and Explosions!

On the boat from Split to Lastovo I encountered the least D.A.R.E-friendly emergency instructions card that I have ever come across. In other news, the boat ride was lovely! The seas are beautiful, and we cruise by Korcula (a destination for … Continue reading

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Pigs Bladders, Italians and Horny Bears: Rapper Sword Dancing and a Basque Carnival!

The day after the carnival in Zubieta I had the pleasure of traveling to Donostia (That would be San Sebastian in Spanish) to teach rapper to a group there. I took a bus from Eibar and got to look around … Continue reading

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In the News: Zubieta Carnival Through the Eyes of a US Dancer

The Zubieta Carnival Through the Eyes of a US Dancer Jeremy Carter-Gordon is a Sword dancer from the United States dedicated to studying European sword dancing. A few months ago on his blog, Jeremy described living in Basque Country, and now he … Continue reading

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A Basque Carnival: No Sword Dancing, But Perhaps Some Swords!

After a brief hitch-hiking experience I was able to get out of the town and back into less rural surroundings. By a few days later I was in Madrid pondering where I wanted to head next. One of the (very … Continue reading

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Guns, Garrotes, Swords, and Firewater: Sword Dancing at the Fiesta de San Sebastian

I awoke in a panic to hear music playing in the street outside, “Damn, the sword dancing must have started already!” I grabbed my gear and ran out into the street, just barely remembering to put on pants and shoes … Continue reading

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