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.

Front cover of the Book titled There was None of this Lazing Dancing

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.

The title of the book comes from a quote from concertina player, Sam Fawcett of Baldersdale (1878-1960) who said “When we get a drop of beer… and got into full blast, there was none of this lazy dancing!”

It has been published as part of the Yorkshire Dales Folk Dance and Tunes Project at the Dales Countryside Museum and will help raise funds for the Friends of Dales Countryside Museum.


The book is available to buy at www.dalestunes.org.uk

Those who buy the book (£20 plus £4 postage) will be able to download and play the audio files.

Published in 2020.