This can take some careful thought to dance to, as each fourth bar seems to be a different length depending on who arranged the tune. Squeeze the end of the phrase into two beats and it’s a straightforward polka (or Morris dance…).
Logical fallacy: there are ragtime dances, this is ragtime, therefore this is a dance.
Like the Shooter’s Hornpipe this is from John Clare’s manuscript. Like the Shooter’s Hornpipe, it was in there in D but I moved it.
Another dance from William Winter’s tunebook. There’s a Hereburgh dance called Bullring which has nothing to do with this, still, it’s Hereburgh’s Christmas party this evening so it seemed like a good excuse (and happy birthday to one of our number!).
Another one from the stage, in this case James Ralph’s opera “A Fashionable Lady”.
This is not exactly a little-known tune, really, but I had to start somewhere. Written by John Morehead under the name “The Naval Column” to celebrate the proposed building of Nelson’s Column in London, this tune was later used in the popular play “Speed the Plow” where it acquired fame and of course a new name.
There are five variations in this recording. The first is the Morris dance which everybody ever plays. Then comes another G major version, from William Winter’s manuscript. Then it shifts into A major, which sounds a bit brighter on a fiddle (though unfortunately does annoy some melodeon players) for three further versions, the first from Benjamin Rose’s manuscript then another two from Winter.