I wasn’t willing to let Christmas go past without doing this bransle (a French dance) from Arbeau.
A silly name, and a silly collection of notes best played with a silly grin at about warp factor 5.
Good old-fashioned reel. Listen closely and you can just hear accompaniment by the bin lorry (Simplified/American English: trash cart) driving past.
Another hornpipe. Did I say I like hornpipes?
Hopping on the train to France for a quick tune. This may be the first time in about six weeks I haven’t heard this on a crumhorn, hurdy-gurdy or something else that goes parp or skreeek. My bowing aside.
A modern one today, written by Colin Cotter (not Laurel Swift, Internet research doesn’t make this clear: apologies for any misattribution) of the Gloworms. Battered Hake will go nicely with the Buttered Peas from yesterday (that’s both a set and a serving suggestion).
Sometimes you just want a good old-fashioned Morris tune.
Among other places this has popped up, it’s one of the dances in Michael Praetorius’ Terpsichore.
Another from William Winter’s collection, Morris Oxford was going to use this as the instrumental break in a song but ultimately went with something else.
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.