Dance for three, recorded from oral tradition in many parts of England, Scotland and Wales.

In the southern Lake District it featured in the repertoires of a number of dancing masters and was danced in shoes or clogs.  The dance was used both as a performance piece for pupils to show off their expertise following  a series of classes but also frequently as a social dance.

The format of the dance is a true reel, phases of stepping alternating with phases of running  a figure.

The dance was taught by:

Tommy Cannon of Underbarrow and Crosthwaite
“Pop” John Mason in Dent
Joseph William Robinson (“Old Jos”)
Stainton Robinson of Windermere
Billy Urquhart in Bleamoor, Ribblehead

Notations for the dance were collected from Lucy Short (with Clara Boyle) and Mrs W. Storey, Mrs Frances Gray and  Mary Hawes Mrs and Mrs Satterthwaite, Fred Coward,  Cissie WilsonMr and Mrs Akrigg, and Mrs George Airey.

Information derived from interviews by Tom Flett with Lucy Short on 3 January 1960 (interviewed with Clara Boyle.) and with Dorothy Chaplow (undated), a copy letter dated 10/2/1962, Mr and Mrs John Whittle on 4 January 1960, Mrs W. Storey on 6 January 1960, Mrs Frances Gray (undated),  Mary Hawes (undated), Mr and Mrs Satterthwaite dated 26 & 29/8/1962 (plus original notes of same date), Mr & Mrs Coward on  19/9/1962,  with Cissie Wilson on  7/1/1960and by J.F. Flett with Florence Nixon, 2/12/1977, also  interviews by Tom Flett with Mr and Mrs Jack Akrigg1 April 1960 and 4 April 1960.

In southern England the dance was known from oral tradition in Dorset where a partial notation was given by John Cook.

The dance was not so common in Scotland but is known to have been taught by:

Joseph Lowe of Edinburgh

Information derived from an interview by T.M. Flett with John Cook,undated. and also from Thomas, A. (ed), A New Most Excellent Dancing Master, New York: Pendragon Press, (1992)


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