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THE DANCES & THE TUNES

Right-clicking on the name of a tune will give you the opportunity either to hear it or to download a midi file. If you'd rather just have all the tunes in one big ABC file, click here

N.B., The dances below marked with a •  are part of our regular repertoire. The others? Well, there's a story behind each one.......

This list is needing updating (April 2012) as we've learned a few new dances recently which aren't yet featured here - Rose & Crown, Chandos Five, Dolly Peg for example. As I'm planning to redesign the whole website soon, I may leave these until I do the whole job in one go.

Some Of
Belfagan's Band By Derwent Water, Keswick
Four of the Band at Lakeside, Derwentwater, Keswick. Click to see larger image
DANCE 1st TUNE 2nd TUNE NOTES

• The Abbey

The Keel Row

A garland dance learned from the Hexhamshire Lasses

Abram Circle Dance

Abram

It used to rain every time we did this dance. It kinda put us off it for a while, and most of our current dancers have never learned it.

• Ashton

Ashton

The British Grenadiers

• Badger's Sett

The Jolly Badger

Written for Brockhole, the Lake District Vistors' Centre

• Belfagan

William Taylor's Tabletop Hornpipe

A handkerchief dance for 6 created especially for us - now our signature dance.

Black Rod

Black Rod

We haven't danced this one out for a while. I don't know why. Perhaps we'll do it next year?

Churchtown

The Three Sea Captains

This is a processional dance. Most of us learned it on the hoof.

Cockermouth

Cockermouth

A new dance we created for our 21st birthday. We still keep coming back and improving bits - maybe one day we'll be satisfied. Original music by Ally McGurk.

• The Cumberland Crown

The Waterloo Dance

A garland dance which can be performed by 4, 6 or 8 dancers. One of our favourites.

• Eaglesfield

Birds in the Wilderness

Eaglesfield is a village near Cockermouth. This garland dance is for groups of 4 dancers.

• Flags

Cock o' the North

A very fast, energetic dance for 6, learned from Jenny Geddes Clog Morris.

• Greenham

Long Odds

This dance was created by Sue Newman of Lizzie Dripping, Sheffield, after some of that team visited the Greenham Common peace camp in the 1980s.

• Hartshead

Walter Bulwer's Polka No.1 & Gary Owen (midi file)
Walter Bulwer's Polka No.1 & Gary Owen (gif file)

• Hindley Street Dance

Rosin the Bow

Keswick

Oyster Girl

The Miller of Dee

The music's good, but the dance is a bit long and repetitive, so we don't do it these days.

• Littleborough

The Rattlin' Bog

Donkey Riding

• Mona's Delight

Eunyssagh Vana

From the Isle of Man, this elegant dance was collected by the Manx folklorist Mona Douglas.

• Plymouth

Soldier's Joy

• Portland Hill

Jamie Allen

Astley's Ride plus 3rd tune - Davy Davy Nick Nack

A wonderfully complex dance taught to us Great North Clog.

• Saint Giles

The Athole Highlanders (midi)
The Athole Highlanders (gif file)

The signature dance of the sadly defunct Jenny Geddes Clog Morris from Edinburgh. They taught it to us a few years ago, and we are now dancing it regularly in order to keep it in use. It's a really attractive and interesting dance, which shows the dome of St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh at the end.

• Shawforth

The Olive Branch

If you've ever watched Belfagan in action, this is the one with the garlands and the high kicking!

• Silly Molly

Speed the Plough

Molly dancing is a whole other tradition in the world of morris dance. Look at our links page if you want to know more!

• Singleton

The Dorset 4-hand Reel

Learned from Singleton Cloggers, who created it.

• Whitby

Whitby Shindig

This garland dance represents various features of the town of Whitby, and was taught to us by Jenny Geddes Clog Morris.

• Wigton

Hundred Pipers

Originally created for Wigton Carnival. Can be a processional dance when there's a need for one.

• Yellow Sheepskin

Yellow Sheepskin

An unusual circle dance for any number, learned from the Hexhamshire Lasses.

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