OUR DANCES AND THEIR TUNES
Click on the name of the dance to see the printed music (gif files). As soon as I have a moment I'll be uploading midi files for those who prefer to listen, or don't read the dots, and abc files for those who prefer that method. Watch this space.
This garland dance represents various features of the town of Whitby, and was also taught to us by Jenny Geddes Clog Morris. One of our favourites.
|DANCE||1st TUNE||2nd TUNE||3rd TUNE||NOTES|
|The Abbey||The Keel Row||Katie Bairdie/ Kafoozalum||A garland dance learned from the Hexhamshire Lasses|
|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. The tune was written by Dave Shepherd, late of Blowzabella, and is more traditionally played in a minor key, and often somewhat slower than we do.|
|Chandos Five||Oyster Girl||An interesting dance for 5, learned from Westomorland Step and Garland at a very productive workshop. It's very useful to have a dance for 5, on those days when we only have a few dancers available.|
|Cumberland Crown||The Waterloo Dance||A garland dance which can be performed by 6 or 8 dancers. One of our favourites. We often use it when we dance at a wedding, as the happy couple can stand in the middle while we dance around them with specially decorated garlands making a lovely romantic crown over them.|
|Eaglesfield||Birds in the Wilderness||Eaglesfield is a village near Cockermouth. This attractive, energetic, ranting dance is for groups of 4 dancers with garlands.|
|Flags||Cock o' the North||A very fast, energetic dance for 6, learned from the much-missed Jenny Geddes Clog Morris of Edinburgh.|
|Greenham||Long Odds||A lovely communal dance, created originally by the women protesters at Greenham Common. We often use it to finish the evening, and encourage all comers to join in.|
|Hartshead||Walter Bulwer's Polka No.1||Gary Owen||An interesting dance we learned a few years ago at a workshop, but haven't really got up to performance standard yet.|
|Hindley Street||Rosin the Bow||We practise this dance quite a lot, but hardly ever perform it in public, partly, I think, because most of the positions are not interchangeable, so either we need the right people to be present, or everyone needs to learn several positions. The full title of course is The Hindley Street Dance, as in the one danced in the street in Hindley.|
|Littleborough||Rattlin' Bog||Donkey Riding||Another really nice, but complicated dance, that we haven't danced out for a long time, but since we do keep revisiting it at practice it's included here. Maybe this season?|
|Mona's Delight||Eunyssagh Vana||One of our very favourite dances, Mona's Delight is named after Mona Douglas, an inveterate collector of folk tunes and Dances in the Isle of Man. The tune is traditional Manx, and the dance, when performed in shoes rather than clogs, is very elegant. (Belfagan don't really do elegant.)|
|Plymouth||Soldier's Joy||Another dance we used to perform a lot more often than we do now, it involves sets of 3 so is ideal when not many dancers turn up.|
|Poulton||John of Paris||Hot Punch||A really interesting dance to watch, we learned it quite recently at a workshop and have quickly incorporated it into our repertoire.|
|Portland (Hill)||Jamie Allan||Astley's Ride||Davie Davie Nick Nack||A wonderfully complex dance which everyone enjoys performing, taught to us by Great North Clog, another great morris side which is no longer with us.|
|Rose and Crown||Roxburgh Castle||Flowers of Edinburgh||Learned in recent years at a workshop with Betty Lupton's Ladle Laikers, and now one of the favourites of both dancers and musicians, who enjoy the challenge of playing those great Scottish tunes really fast!|
|Shawforth||The Olive Branch||A favourite of
ours, Shawforth is a good stomping, ranting dance with garlands - it's all that's best in NW
clog dancing and everyone enjoys it. If you've ever watched Belfagan in action, this is the one
with the high kicking!
The tune - The Olive Branch - is by John Kirkpatrick © Looking Glass Music Ltd.
|Silly Molly||Speed the Plough||Silly Molly comes from the East Anglian molly dancing tradition, and in its pure form involves men dressed as big clumsy women. Even performed by real women it's not what you'd call a gentle, demure sort of dance.|
|Singleton||Dorset 4-hand Reel||A nice dance for groups of 4 dancers, which follows very closely that original Dorset 4-hand Reel on which it's based.|
|St Giles||The Athole Highlanders.||The signature dance of the sadly defunct Jenny Geddes Clog Morris from Edinburgh. They taught it to us a number of years ago, and we now dance it regularly in order to keep it alive. (Also, we love dancing it, despite it being very energetic!) It's a really attractive and interesting dance, which depicts the crown of Edinburgh's St. Giles' Cathedral in the final figure.|
|Whitby||Shafter’s Shindig||This garland dance represents various features of the town of Whitby, and was also taught to us by Jenny Geddes Clog Morris. One of our favourites.|
|Wigton||A Hundred Pipers||Originally created as a processional dance for Wigton carnival, we mostly perform it in situ these days, though still know how to process to it when the need arises.|
|Yellow Sheepskin||Yellow Sheepskin||An unusual dance for any number in a circle, this one is more concerned with interesting steps than with interesting figures. Taught to us by the Hexhamshire Lasses, we usually do it with some of the musicians standing in the centre while the dancers whirl around them.|
Missing from this list are a number of dances we used to perform, but are still in my music book. Many of our more recent recruits have quite probably never heard of them, but for the sake of completeness here's a brief list: