FTX-116 - DANCING
IN THE STREETS
ABINGDON, SHOREHAM & THAXTED
Dances recorded in the street in London, Sussex and Essex. First, Seven Morris
Dances from the Abingdon (Berkshire) team with melodeon-player, Francis Fryer
performing for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations. Also included are dances recorded
the following year at the annual May Day Festivities at Shoreham, Sussex, with
the crowning of May Queen, involving speeches by both their local Squire and
the May Queen herself, and 3 dances at a Morris Men's Gathering held at Thaxted,
Essex in 1955.
ABINGDON MORRIS DANCES rec by PK Trafalgar Square, London 12/5/56
1. Atmosphere in Trafalgar Square, London - 1'13"
2. THE SQUIRE'S DANCE - 1'13"
3. SALLY LUKER - 2'00"
4. A-NUTTING WE WILL GO - 2'17"
5. THE CURLY-HEADED PLOUGHBOY - 2'40"
6. THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME - 2'26"
7. JOCKEY'S TO THE FAIR - 3'24"
8. THE PRINCESS ROYAL - 3'14"
VILLAGE MAY DAY FESTIVAL DANCES, Shoreham, Sussex 1957
9. THE FURRY DANCE (Processional with fiddle, accordion & drum) - 1'20"
10. THE MAID OF THE MILL (Handkerchief Dance) - 2'02"
11. THE BONNY BREAST KNOT (Sussex Country Dance) - 2'56"
12. YOUNG COLLINS (Stick Dance) - 2'31"
13. THE NUTTING GIRL (Solo dance with solo fiddle) - 2'00"
14. THE CIRCLE DANCE (collected by Maud Karpeles at Abram, Lancs) - 1'58"
15. THE BROOMSTICK DANCE (Tune: Keel Row - Solo dance with solo fiddle)
16. QUADRILLE TUNE/ LA RUSSE (2 fiddles) - 2'09"
17. The Crowning of the May Queen (in a hall) with speeches - 1'08"
MORRIS GATHERING rec by PK Thaxted, Essex 1955
18. LEAP FROG - played by Kate BUTTERS (accordion) - 0'47"
19. HASTE TO THE WEDDING - (accordion with harmonica & drum) - 1'34"
20. GALOPEDE - (Country Dance with accordion & drum) - 1'04"
Tracks #1-7 recorded by Peter Kennedy at the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations on
the 12th May 1956 by London's Trafalgar Square, #8-16 rec 1957 and #17-19 rec
by Peter Kennedy at a Morris Men's Gathering held at Thaxted, Essex 1955. Edited
by Peter Kennedy and first published on Folktrax Cassettes 1975.
The ABINGDON Traditional Morris Dancers were recorded by Peter Kennedy when
they were dancing through the streets of London during the Queen's Jubilee celebrations
on the 12th May 1956. During the same year the Queen visited Abingdon and the
Council presented the team with money to buy new costumes. The Squire of the
Team, who took office in 1942, was Tom Hemmings (who died in 1960). At the time
this recording was made, their musician was also their patron, "Fanny" Fryer,
a retired Army major living at Wargrave Hall, who did so much to keep the team
in being after the War.
In the Abingdon Parish Records during the mid 16th Century there is mention
of payment for "morres belles" and "Robin Hood's Bower". Brand's
"Popular Antiquities" has a company of "Morrice" Dancers from Abingdon
at Richmond in Surrey in 1783. To this day the team carry an ox's head marked
"1700" which is held by the "Mayor of Ock Street" before the day in June
when the Morris dancers traditionally come out in Abingdon. "A Brief History
of Mr. Hemming's Morris" has been written by their musician, Jonathon Leach.