Virtual Scuff 'n Scoff
December 12, 2020
Featuring The Mummers & The Paupers
The Mummers Festival and Parade always ends with a lively party. And while we couldn't hold our Scuff 'n Soff in person, we made sure we had some wonderful, toe-tapping music available for everyone by gathering together The Mummers & The Paupers.
Thanks to a partnership with the A C Hunter Library, we recorded a wonderful performance. Thank you to Julia Mayo for your recording and editing skills and to Ian Foster for the sound and mixing. And to The Mummers & Paupers themselves, for participating in this project!
Get your glass of Purity syrup out and scoff a few cookies as you scuff along! Watch the video right here!
A long-time favorite with the Mummers Festival, the Mummers and the Paupers typically fill our post-Parade concert with hundreds of dancing mummers. In 2020, they are kindly offering a virtual version for everyone to enjoy!
The Mummers and the Paupers is a 10 member mummers troupe with a repertoire of music, dance,
skits, stories and recitations. The troupe performs as both a roaming group and as a stage act. When circulating through a crowd, the musicians typically play guitar, accordion, fiddle, banjo and bodhran while being accompanied by a hobby horse and dancers.
For on-stage performances, the troupe reconfigures with the addition of harp, upright bass, harmonica and jig dolls. The troupe is one of the few local groups to use the old jig doll percussion instrument in its performances.
The performance repertoire includes stories, recitations, skits, dance and music - traditional Newfoundland songs, Christmas carols, traditional Irish tunes, English Morris dances, folk and country favourites and kitchen party waltzes.
Costumes continue to evolve, but are very much in the classic Newfoundland and Labrador tradition.The troupe has performed for a variety of clients ranging from local charities to international conferences.