Longsword Dances, highlighting plays and non-dance features. From Cindy Sughrue's 1992 PhD thesis.
Click on image for full size map & commentary.
This interactive atlas brings together folk play maps from other parts of the website, as well as a large number of new maps. The intention is that each map should include a commentary on the possible significance of the distribution that it shows. Any additional comments or suggestions are always welcome.
Although the content of a few of the maps is fixed, most are dynamic and will be updated as data is added to the relevant databases. This may on occasion to lead to appropriate revisions to the commentaries in the light of new evidence.
You may also generate further maps from searches in the following website sections: the Scripts Explorer, Electronic ERD, the Directory of Folk Play Groups, and their Events.
Most of the maps are available in two or more formats, each with their own strong points. The Google maps are interactive, allowing you to zoom in and out, and to click on markers for more information about particular locations. See the explanation of map and file types for further details.
- Compare Maps - View any two Atlas maps side by side.
- Example - Traditional v. Modern times of appearance
- Text Relatives - Map the textual relatives of scripts in the collection
- Example - Lines from the Belfast 'Christmas Rhime' chapbook (Smyth & Lyons, 1803-1818)
- Outline Distribution Mapper -
Plot your own simple distribution maps in up to three colours using lists of OS grid references.