England

The Bonny Cuckoo

The Bonny Cuckoo was created by Gail Ticknor, Gail’s Maggots, 1996. Published in CDSS News, March-April 1986 and The Blind Harper Dances, Allison Thompson, ed. 2003. Paul Stamler says, “‘Bonny Cuckoo’ is a song, sung to the tune of “Sheebeg and Sheemore,” hence the name of the dance. Shirley Collins recorded it on her 1959 debut album on Folkways.”

Presented in 2009 by Bruce Hamilton. View the pdf here.

Chocolate for Breakfast

This dance is by Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett and was published in Impropriety II 2008. The tune is “Top o’ the Mornin’” by Jonathan Jensen, 2007.

Formation: Longways duple minor set.
Steps & Styling: Running step, slip step. Please also refer to English Country Dance Glossary.

Presented in 2011 by Bruce Hamilton. View the pdf here.

Cockle Shells

This dance is from Charles Bolton, Retreads, Vol 1, 1985.
Music: 2/2 meter Bare Necessities, By Choice, Track 10
Bruce Hamilton, Stockton Folk Dance Camp 2011, Track 3
Formation: Longways duple minor set.
Steps & Styling: Running step. Please also refer to English Country Dance Glossary.

Presented by Bruce Hamilton in 2011. View the pdf here.

Lilli Burlero

Lilli Burlero was published in Playford's, The Dancing Master, in 1690. Cecil Sharp published his
version in the Country Dance Book, vol IV in 1916. Shimer & Keller published their research on the
dance in The Playford Ball, 1990.

Music: 6/8 meter CD:English Dances presented by Bruce Hamilton, Band 5.
Formation: Longways duple minor set.

Presented by Bruce Hamilton in 2009. View pdf here.

Margaret’s Waltz

Dance and tune by Pat Shaw, published in English Dance & Song, Vol. 23, No. 3, 1959.
Music:  3/4 meter Aardvark Ceilidh Band, Pleasures of the Town, Track 11
Bruce Hamilton, Stockton Folk Dance Camp 2011, Track 9
Formation:  Sicilian Circle.
Steps & Styling: Running step, ballroom waltz. Please also refer to English Country Dance
Glossary.

Presented by Bruce Hamilton  in 2011. View pdf here.

Morpeth Rant

Morpeth Rant was published in Kennedy’s Community Dances Manual 1949-1967.

Music: 2/2 meter CD:English Dances presented by Bruce Hamilton, Band 9.
Formation: Longways duple minor set.
Steps: Rant Travelling Step. Rant Setting Step. (See “English Country Dance Glossary.”)
Swing and Change: Using Rant Travelling Step, in Ballroom or shldr/shldr-blade pos,
dance around other cpl 1½ times to end in progressed place.

Presented by Bruce Hamilton in 2009. View pdf here.
 

Ore Boggy

This dance is from Neal, Choice Collection, 1726. Reconstruction by George Fogg and Rich Jackson, 1990.
Pronunciation:  OHR BOG-ee
Music:  2/2 meter  Bare Necessities, By Request, Track 14 Bruce Hamilton, Stockton Folk Dance Camp 2011, Track 4
Formation:  Longways duple minor set.
Steps & Styling: Running step.

Presented by Bruce Hamilton in 2011. View pdf here.

Pleasures of the Town

This dance is from Thompson, Twenty Four Country Dances, 1777.
Music:  2/4 meter  Aardvark Ceilidh Band, Pleasures of the Town, Track 4
Bruce Hamilton, Stockton Folk Dance Camp 2011, Track 10
Formation:  3-couple longways set. Steps & Styling: Run or skip or polka step, as desired. Please also refer to English Country Dance Glossary.

Presented by Bruce Hamilton in 2011. View pdf here.

Prince William

Prince William was published Walsh, The Complete Country Dancing-Master, in 1731. Pat Shaw
published his version in the Holland as Seen in the English Country Dance, in 1960. Shimer & Keller published their research on the dance in The Playford Ball, in 1990.

Presented by Bruce Hamilton in 2009. View pdf here.

Smithy Hill

Smithy Hill was created by Tom Cook and published in his Hunter’s Moon collection, 1987. The tune is by Brian Jenkins.

Music: 6/8 meter CD: English Dances presented by Bruce Hamilton, Band 3.  Note: Once through the dance is twice through the tune.
Formation: Longways set, duple, improper (1s dancing on the “wrong side” of the set).

Presented by Bruce Hamilton in 2009. View pdf here.

Take A Dance

This dance is from Kathryn & David Wright, Wright’s Humours 1979.
Music:  6/8 meter  Bare Necessities, Take a Dance, Track 1
Bruce Hamilton, Stockton Folk Dance Camp 2011, Track 7
Formation:  Longways duple minor set.
Steps & Styling: Running step. Please also refer to English Country Dance Glossary.

Presented by Bruce Hamilton in 2011. View pdf here.

Presented by Roberto Bagnoli

This dance is from Ron Coxall, Roles: Occupations and Interests Recalled by Dances, 1999. The tune is  “Moonlight Moorings” by Heather Bexon.
Music:  3/4 meter  Bare Necessities, A New English Ball, Track 13
Bruce Hamilton, Stockton Folk Dance Camp 2011, Track 5
Formation:  Longways duple minor improper set.
Steps & Styling: Dance walk. Please also refer to English Country Dance Glossary.

Presented by Bruce Hamilton in 2011. View pdf here.