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BEATRICE HILL'S THREE HANDED REEL. AKA and see "Beatrice Hill's 3-Hand," "Bromsberrow Heath Three Handed," "Late Kelly's Wake." English, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is sourced to melodeon player Beatrice Hill, of Bromsberrow Heath, Forest of Dean, Worcestershire (not far from the border with Wales), 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.

See also the Orkney-collected "Jimmy o' the Bu's Polka", cognate (but not identical) in the first stain, and harmonically congruent (although melodically different) in the second strain. Similarly, the Orkney-collected tune, "Old Polka (The)" is anther variant of the tune family. Phillip Heath-Coleman identifies the precursor melody of the entire tune family as 19th century "pop" classical composer wikipedia:Louis-Antoine_Jullien's (1812-1860) "Moldavian Schottische." See also the related "George Parkin's Schottische" and "Dennis Crowther's No. 3," and, in Orkney, as "Old Polka (The)" and "Jimmy o' the Bu's Polka"


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Printed sources : - Barber (Nick Barber's English Choice), 2002; No. 55, p. 27. Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 28. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 157.

Recorded sources : - DMPCD 0204, Nick & Mary Barber with Huw Jones - "Lovely Nancy" (2002). 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). Ashley Hutchings - "Rattlebone and Ploughjack" (1976).




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