Tony Barrand

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Tony Barrand
Birth nameAnthony Grant Barrand
Born (1945-04-03) 3 April 1945 (age 75)
Origin Cornell University
GenresTraditional folk music
Years active1967—
Labels Golden Hind Music
Associated acts Roberts and Barrand
Nowell Sing We Clear

Dr. Anthony Grant Barrand (born 3 April 1945 in England) is an academic and musician residing in Brattleboro, Vermont, United States. He is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University, where his courses included "Stalking the Wild Mind: The Psychology and Folklore of Extra-Sensory Perception and Psychic Phenomena", "English Ritual Dance and Drama", and "Folk Songs as Social History".


He is best known for his musical collaborations with John Roberts. As Roberts and Barrand, they perform a cappella and accompanied performances of traditional English folk music. They also perform and record fare such as sea shanties of the North Atlantic, and an album of traditional drinking songs. The duo is also half of the related act Nowell Sing We Clear — which in addition to a number of albums — performs an annual yuletide concert series.

Barrand was born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England. His parents were active in a Salvation Army brass band. His family moved to Bletchley when he was 10 years old, and became active Methodists. Barrand completed a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Keele, and moved to the United States, where the glass ceiling for scholars from working class backgrounds was less pronounced. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University, where he also formed his ongoing music partnership with John Roberts.

Barrand is also an expert morris and clog dancer, having taught across the United States, and written several books on the subject. He has edited the journal Country Dance and Song and founded the Marlboro Morris Ale, an annual national gathering of Morris dancers in Vermont. In 2008 he was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Country Dance and Song Society for his pivotal role in teaching, researching and videotaping Morris dance, as well as for his work as a traditional singer and musician. [1]

Barrand's collection of film and video of morris, sword, and clog dancing was deposited in 2003, by invitation, to the American Folklife Center, as the Anthony Grant Barrand Collection of Morris, Sword, and Clog Dancing at the Library of Congress (catalog number AFC2003/5). As of 2020 the collection had been digitized and is available online at Boston University. [2]

Since the late 1990s, multiple sclerosis has limited Barrand's mobility, but not his academic work or musical performances. [3]




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  1. Dodson, Allen (2009). "'The dance should be in your body'—an Interview with Tony Barrand" (PDF). CDSS News (206).
  2. "The Digital Video Research Archive of Morris, Sword, and Clog Dancing". Boston University . Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  3. Latona, Angela Marie (April 25, 2007). "Immobilizing disease doesn't hinder BU professor". The Daily Free Press: The Independent Student Newspaper at Boston University. Retrieved December 8, 2007.