Dr. Anthony G. Barrand is an active teacher, Morris and clog dancer,
singer, and scholar based in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA. Currently on the faculty
at Boston University, he is part
of The University Professors, an unusual
and inventive teaching program. His courses include "Stalking the Wild
Mind: The Psychology and Folklore of Extra-Sensory Perception amd Psychic Phenomena,"
"English Ritual Dance and Drama" and "Folk Songs as Social History."
He is probably better known, however, as part of the singing team John Roberts and Tony Barrand who have delighted audiences across the USA for almost three decades with their "a capella" duets of English folk bawdry and balladry, morris and clog dancing, monologs and storytelling. Their most recent releases are Heartoutbursts: Lincolnshire Folksongs Collected by Percy Grainger and Naulakha Redux: Songs of Rudyard Kipling. Hail Smiling Morn is the 5th recording in a series over 25 years with the Christmas pageant, Nowell Sing We Clear, with Andy Davis and Fred Breunig. Their numerous recordings are available from Golden Hind Records.
Much of Tony's research and teaching has focused on various forms of the seasonal display dances now known generically as Morris dancing. His most recent work is an edited collection of Longsword Dances from Traditional and Manuscript Sources: As Collated and Notated by Ivor Allsop. (Northern Harmony Publishing Company, 1996)
Over the past 7 years, however, Tony's interests have shifted to the presence
of Lancashire mill culture in New England. See, for example, the New
Bedford Concertina Band from 1913. Of particular interest is the wooden
shoe or clog dancing which got into the USA by the mid-1840's and thrived on
minstrel and vaudeville stages until just before WWII. Work is in progress with
several American families, notably the Marleys of Rockville, Connecticut. The
New Dancing Marleys performed all ten of the routines learned from Anna
Marley at the 17th reading Traditonal Step dance festival in England in October,