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Dance and Music Repertoire

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Music & Musicians

We are fortunate to have plenty of Morris musicians.  Our instrumental line-up comprises:

  • Melodeons (D/G)
  • Piano accordions
  • Concertinas
  • Fiddles

For most dances we play traditional tunes, with original tunes for most of our own Harbury dances. Occasionally, though, we like to ring the changes and some of our special occasion arrangements have stuck. Our repertoire table shows where we depart from the usual traditional tunes given in Lionel Bacon's Black Book.

We have written out musical notation for all the tunes we play (using computer software) so that there is a definitive tune and chord arrangement for each one. Some of the musicians use the notation to learn a new tune, some refer to the music as an occasional reminder while some play by ear exclusively. At the beginning of 2019 we embarked on a project of recording our practices so that the tunes can be used for personal music practice purposes. These recordings are of the whole dance (including the 'Once To Yourself', but not the walk on or walk off). We will add to the collection as we practice the dances.

If you want to download the recordings to your own computer, right-click on the link and select 'Save link as'.

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Dance Repertoire

Here are the dances we've learned and performed over the years:

Type Key:
H: Handkerchief, LS: Long Stick, SS: Short Stick, C: Clapping, J: Jig, P: Processional

Tradition Key:
Ad: Adderbury, As: Ascott-under-Wychwood, Ba: Bampton, Bl: Bledington, Bo: Border, Ch: Chingford, Ey: Eynsham, Fi: Fieldtown, Ha: Harbury, Il: Ilmington, Li: Lichfield, Ot: Other, Wi: Winster

Dance Music
Name Tradition Type Notation Audio Usual Seasonal
Balancy StrawAsLS    Deck The Halls with boughs of holly
Balancy StrawFiH    Masters in this Hall
Banks of the DeeAsLS    We Three Kings
Black JokeAsLS     
Bonny Green GartersBaH     
Brighton CampAsH     
Brimfield 8BoSS    Jingle Bells
Bromsberrow HeathBoLS     
Bull RingHaHBull Ring iconmp3 Our own original tune The Bullring  
CastleringLiH     
Constant BillyAsLS  iconmp3 Constant Billy Deck the Halls with boughs of holly
Country GardensAsC  iconmp3 Country Gardens  
Exeter Triangle DanceOtLSExeter Triangle Dance    
Figure EightEyH     
Flowers of EdinburghBaH    In the bleak mid-winter or Ode to Joy
Gallant HussarBlH     
Hereburgh ProcessionalHaP     
Highland MaryAsH    Ding Dong, Merrily on High
Highland MaryBaH   Highland Mary/PortsmouthDing Dong, Merrily on High
Idbury Hill/Morning StarBlH  iconmp3
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Idbury Hill
Morning Star
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Jockie to the FairAsJ  iconmp3 Jockie to the fair (Double jig)  
Klez MorrisMossyback, in the style of BlH   Lustig Sein (Be happy) 
Ladies PleasureBlJ     
Lads a-BunchumAdLS     
Life in the Old DogHaHLife in the old Dog iconmp3 Our own original tune Life in the Old Dog  
Lucy Grant's JigHaJLucy Grant's Jig  Our own original tune Lucy Grant's Jig 
Maid of the MillEyH     
Miller's GhostHaLSMiller's Ghost iconmp3 iconmp3 Our own original tune The Miller's Ghost
...and with Lord of the Dance
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Milley's BequestLiLS    See amid the winter's snow
Mrs CaseyAsH     
Much WenlockBoSS     
MusketeersBlLS  iconmp3 Our own original tune Farnborough  
Nutting Girl JigBaH     
Old Molly OxfordAsH  iconmp3 Old Molly Oxford  
Old Woman Tossed UpAsH     
Orange in BloomAsH     
PeopletonBoSS     
Ring of BellsLiLS    Good King Wenceslas
Saturday NightBlH    In Dulci Jubilo
Shepherd's HeyAsC     
Shepherd's HeyIlC  iconmp3 Shepherds Hey(Ilmington)  
Sheriff's RideLiH    It came upon a midnight clear
South AustraliaOtLS   South Australia (sung) 
Speed the PloughBaHGlaister's Gambol    
Step and Fetch HerBaH  iconmp3 Shave the donkey 
The BellAdH     
TrunklesBlH     
Ugly DucklingHaLS iconmp3 The Ugly Duckling  
Upton-on-Severn Stick (Chingford version)ChLSHistory and figures of the Chingford Upton on Severn Stick Dance iconm4a Upton on Severn (Chingford)The Seven Joys of Mary
ValentineAsH  iconmp3 Valentine 
Vandals of HammerwichLiLS    Angels from the Realms of Glory
WindmillHaLSWindmill iconmp3 Our own original tune The Windmill The Seven Joys of Mary
Winster ProcessionalWiP     
Young CollinsBlLS     
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this page last updated on 6th April 2019