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BANKS OF THE DEE. AKA and see "Lango Lee (2)," "Larry O'Lee," "New Langolee (1)," "Old Morris." English, Scottish; Air, Waltz, Jig and Morris Dance Tune. G Major. England; Northumberland, Cotswolds. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD (Hall & Stafford, Raven): AABBBCCCBBB, repeat four times (Mallinson). The tune is better known as a morris dance tune, but is occasionally performed as a waltz. Mallinson's morris version is from the Fieldtown area of England's Cotswolds. The title appears in Henry Robson's list of popular Northumbrian song and dance tunes, which he published c. 1800. The melody was derived from an air and country dance called "New Langolee (1)", in the 1780 publications of Thomas Skillern and Charles and Samuel Thompson (see New Langolee (1) for more), and numerous period musicians' manuscripts. It was entered, for example, in the 1840 music manuscript collection of multi-instrumentalist John Rook of Wigton, Cumbria. The tune can be heard as one of six tunes on a late 18th century musical clock by American clockmaker Daniel Burnap (see note for "Rakes of Rodney").

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Bacon (A Handbook of Morris Dances), 1974; pp. 21, 155, 251. Hall & Stafford (Charlton Memorial Tune Book), 1956; p. 4. Mallinson (Mally's Cotswold Morris Book, vol. 1), 1988; No. 43, p. 27. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 113.

Recorded sources: Fellside Records FECD192, Spiers & Boden – "Tunes" (2005). Topic 12TS382, New Victory Band – "One More Dance and Then" (1978).

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