Beatrice Hill's Three Handed Reel

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BEATRICE HILL'S THREE HANDED REEL. English, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is sourced to melodeon player Beatrice Hill, of Bromsberrow Heath, Forest of Dean, Worcestershire, who recorded it in 1954 (and again in 1957) for collector Russell Wortley. Hill's father was the village publican and was 'King', or leader, of the Bromsberrow Heath Morris Dancers. The tune was also in the repertoire of East Anglia hammered dulcimer player Walter Geary (Norfolk) and harmonica player Dennis Crowther (south Shropshire), and has even surfaced in folk tradition in Australia, played by fiddler Charlie Bachelor as a schottische. It is also known by the title "Late Kelly's Wake" in Australia.

The tune was originally in the key of 'F', as Mrs. Hill's melodeon was in that key.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 28. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 157.

Recorded sources : - EFDSS CD13, Old Swan Band - "Hardcore English" (2007. Various artists). Music Club, "Traditional Morris Dance Music Album" (1998. Various artists). Wild Goose WGS 320, Old Swan Band - "Swan-Upmanship" (2004). Grand Union Morris - "Can't Get the Buggers Out" (1999).

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