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G#1 75th Anniversary Dance of the Fine Companions folk dance club (Bedford, UK), 16 July 2010 at Newnham School, Bedford
Graham Foster calling with Orange & Blue band
Photograph by Adrian Bull. This is also included in a collage by Ian John
G#2 Score of music for the dance "Companions at 75"
Music composed by Roger Nicholls in 2010
G#3 Fine Companions public dance, 13 July 2013 at Newnham School, Bedford
Still from video by Norma Hancock
G#4 Illustration from title page of "Wrights Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances both Old and New", circa 1742
G#5 See N#1 below

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N#1Sidmouth Folk Festival, August 1983, a workshop in the Ham Marquee
Photograph by Sally Hancock
N#2 Diagram based on "The Country Dance Book Part II, Third Edition", Cecil Sharp, 1927
N#3Fine Companions public dance, 13 July 2013 at Newnham School, Bedford
Photograph by Graham Foster
N#4 Score of music for the dance "The Rainbow". This tune can also be used for the dance "The Rainbow Revealed"
N#5 Tudor Reeds Folk Dance Club display team
Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire on 11 July 1983

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C#1Bedford Tuesday Playford, 24 Sep 2019 at Bromham village hall, Bedford UK
Graham Foster calling at the end of the dance "Taking Liberties"
Still from video by Graham Foster
C#2Score of music(file size 3.3MB) for the dance "The Innocent Maid" from "THOMPSON'S Compleat Collection of Celebrated 200 FAVOURITE COUNTRY DANCES ... Vol.4"
C#3Symbol consisting of six interlocked longswords which is used by the English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS)
C#4Cecil Sharp (1859-1924) was a leading activist in the revival of English country dance in the early 20th century; some would say the leading activist. See Wikipedia entry
This 1921 sketch by Esther Blaikie Mackinnon is used with the permission of the National Portrait Gallery, London
C#5Fine Companions band night, 13 July 2012 at Hazeldene Lower School, Bedford UK
Still from video by Ian John

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E#1Graham Foster calling the square dance 'Compost Pile Breakdown'. Fine Companions club evening on 31 January 2020 at Hazeldene Lower School, Bedford
Photograph by Graham Foster
E#2Score and notation for the dance "Hit or mis"
from the book "Dancing Master,or Directions for Dancing Country Dances,The Fourth Edition, sold by John Playford",1670
E#3Display team of the EFDSS Bedford District performing during the 1982 EFDSS National Gathering at Cecil Sharp House, London
E#4Examples of caller's dance information cards prepared by Graham Foster.
Top card is for the dance "Hit and Miss" (c.f. E#2 above), which I now usually call as a Sicilean Circle

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L#1Fine Companions public dance, 12 May 2012 at Newnham School, Bedford
Still from video by Ian John
L#2The Fine Companions club band during a club evening, 8 February 2013 at Hazeldene Lower School
Still from video by Ian John of just the band
L#3Walking through the dance "Barham Down". Graham Foster calling for Bedford Tuesday Playford, 24 September 2019 at Bromham village hall
Still from video by Graham Foster
L#4EFDSS Albert Hall Festival, 1981. Dance team is probably "London Folk".
Photograph by Graham Foster
L#5Score of the music for the dance "Barham Down" as implemented in Musescore. Also see L#3 above
L#6Graham Foster in mid-air during a demonstration of stepping for the dance "Auretti's Dutch Skipper" (file size 4.2MB) while calling for a Fine Companions band night on 13 June 1986 at Westfield School, Bedford.
Maureen Hughes is the pianist in the photograph, which was taken by Dennis Darnell.

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O#1Fine Companions band night, 3 February 2012 at Hazeldene Lower School, Bedford
Graham Foster calling the dance "Companions at 75" with the club band
Still from video by Ian John
O#2Diagram based on "The Country Dance Book Part II, Third Edition", Cecil Sharp, 1927. Note that Sharp calls this movement a 'gip', not 'gipsy' nor 'gypsy'. John Sweeney gives an extended discussion of the history of these terms.
O#3Bedford Tuesday Playford, 11 September 2018 at Bromham village hall
Photograph by Graham Foster, edited (to remove background) and 'cartoonized'
O#4Fine Companions club band, 22 June 2013 at Newnham School, Bedford
Still from video by Ian John of "Daphne's Dance" which was held to celebrate the life of Daphne Nicholls
O#5Cecil Sharp House in London is the headquarters of The English Folk Dance and Song Society.
In 1989 John Riley renovated the 33 painted wooden letters on the south-east wall under the windows of the Kennedy Hall (see E#3 above). During July, John, along with Graham Foster, twice travelled from Bedford to London, carrying ladders on the roof rack of John's car, to install the renovated lettering.