the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

England: the pipe and tabor in the 20th/21st century

under construction

There were revivals in the early and latter half of the 20th century in both early music and folk music.

The Charm of the English Village by R H Ditchfield.  (pub c 1900)

Writing about Carisbrook from the Castle Hill, Isle of Wight,

“The village green still remains to remind us of the gaiety of old village life, where the old country dances were indulged in by the villagers, and the merry May-pole reared.  There they held their rural sports, and fought bouts of quarter-staff and cudgel-play, and played pipe and tabor at many a rustic feast. “

19021902 early 20th century early 20th century
  from early 20th century drawings of past Christmas scenes 1972 bringing in the yule log


Joan Sharpe on the pipe and tabor playing folk dance / morris dance music.
1929mouth-organ and tambourine outside a London theatre 1950's1950's Thaxsted procession    
20thc copy
Gosburton Church, Lincolnshire


These are some examples of the types of events that members of The Taborers Society attended in late 20th and early 21st. centuries.
at Bignor Weed and Wildflower Festiva
Gillian and Rob at Ely Eel Day
Gillian at Banbury Hobby Horse Festival
Andy playing for a mummers play
Chris T at Beverley Victorian Christmas Market
Frances E playing for a concert
Gwylim and Steve playing for Morris dancing
Bill playing for a medieval banquet
Frances, the project manager, playing at historically-themed events (some examples)
Saxon for English Heritage
at medieval festival

traditional Straw Jack procession

at a crafts fair

Tower of London Festival

York medieval Mystery Plays
for historic dancing
at The British Museum
playing for historic dancing display, Hastings

street entertainment with dancing bear
after leading procession, Globe Theatre, Bankside
Elizabethan strolling minstrel
at art gallery
Elizabethan Court - private party in Jacobean mansion
17th century in a museum  
18thc at historic dockyard festival
18thc in outdoor buildings museum
18th century
18thc in outdoor buildings museum
Edwardian for the National Trust
19th century in outdoor buildings museum
Victorian street festival


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