New book celebrates musicians in the Yorkshire Dales

A new book has been published titled There was None of this Lazy Dancing! : Folk Tunes and Dances from the Yorkshire Dales.

Written by Bob Ellis the book celebrates the musicians who led Dales folk dancing right through the night in the early 1900s. It is full of fascinating detail and is the most complete record to date of Dales musicians and their music. It features transcriptions of more than 200 tunes collected from the Yorkshire Dales, together with biographies of the musicians who played them, notations of dances, and contextual essays about traditional village dances in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Easter Cakes

Fran, Centre Manager for the National Park Visitor Centre at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, shares a recipe for Easter Cakes. The recipe was given by Mary Bell for use in the Dales Countryside Cookbook, published by the Friends of the Museum in 1993.

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Teeswater Year – Farm • Fleece • Fashion

Virtual Exhibition

This exhibition features the work of Nidderdale based photographer Melissa Peakman and feltmaker Yvonne Le Mare. Melissa documented Teeswater Sheep and their breeders over 12 months, in fields, barns and show rings. Her often gritty images contrast with Yvonne’s beautifully crafted, colourful feltwork, which transforms humble fleece and locks into sophisticated, stylish textiles. The Teeswater fleeces used by Yvonne are from Andrew Fisher, of Low Laithe.

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Reflections on Landscape

Postponed (29 April to 06 July 2020)

This is the second joint show of artists Beverley and Peter Hicks who each address the environment in different ways. Beverley reflects the stunning landscape of Malhamdale through her characteristic use of hieroglyphic mark making. Peter continues to discover its visual secrets, paring away specific things to work with the basic forces of his subject, its moods, light, rhythms and atmosphere.

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The View from the fells – In the Footsteps of Marie Hartley

Postponed until further notice

Artist Hester Cox printed 127 wood engraving blocks created by and bequeathed to the museum by historian, artist and Museum founder, Marie Hartley. She then spent a year researching Marie’s life and work, visiting the places written about in three of Marie’s books; Swaledale, Wensleydale and Wharfedale. Hester has created new work; collagraphs, monotypes and linocut prints inspired by Marie and the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.

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