Bacca Pipes (1)

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BACCA PIPES [1] (GREENSLEEVES). AKA – "Pipe Dance." AKA and see "Greensleeves (1)." English, Morris Dance. A Dorian (Bacon {Bampton, Hinton}, Karpeles, Raven). Standard tuning. AAB (Bacon {Hinton}): AABB (Karpeles, Raven): ABA'B'ABAB(Bacon {Headington}). From the Bampton and Headington areas of England's Cotswolds. 'Bacca' pipes refers to the long-stemmed clay tobacco pipes (sometimes called 'churchwarden' pipes), which were crossed and placed on the ground (in the manner of some sword dances) whilst a solo jig was danced between them. Although not related to the tune it is interesting to note that the term 'bacca-pipes' in lower class English slang of the early 19th century referred to whiskers curled in small close ringlets. See related "Bacca Pipes (2)" from Bacon {Ascot-Under-Wychwood}.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Bacon (A Handbook of Morris Dances), 1974; pp. 57, 197, 204. Karpeles & Schofield (A Selection of 100 English Folk Dance Airs), 1951; p. 36. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 74.

Recorded sources: EFDSS CD03, William Kimber – "Absolutely Classic: The Music of William Kimber." Topic 12T249, William Kimber – "The Art of William Kimber" (William Kimber played the anglo concertina for Headington Quarry Morris on Boxing Day, 1899, when Cecil Sharp first encountered them, which led to a morris dance revival).




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