An Afternoon with the Armagh Rhymers
Published: 18 August 2010
The Armagh Rhymers entertained young and old alike at the Museum on Saturday 24th July 2010 with ‘Summer Stories and Rhymes’.
There were two performances - 12noon and 3pm. The Rhymers kept the Mumming Tradition alive through music, song and dance.
The challenge was to encourage the audience to become actively involved and participate in the performances, which proved to be not so challenging as the Rhymers were joined by many young musicians, dancers and actors!
The older members joined in the singing and action albeit from the comfort of their seats. The performances highlighted traditions such as folk lore, story telling, and mask wearing along with touching upon the social and seasonal contexts in which mumming occurred.
Each performance lasted 45minutes and was followed by the opportunity to have a go at making a mask inspired by the masks worn by the Armagh Rhymers.
This event was part of the London 2012 Open Weekend and took place in conjunction with events at other National Museum sites and through the UK. The event supported the Stories of the World Cultural Olympiad project.
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