Annotation:Bluff King Hal

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BLUFF KING HAL. AKA - "May Pole Dance (1)." AKA and see "Staines Morris (3)." English, Morris Dance Tune (4/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Collected by Cecil J. Sharp from the village of Bidford, in England's Cotswolds. The melody is a major key version of "Staines Morris (1)." Sharp did not know how it came to be called "Bluff King Hal," although it appears that the dance (and perhaps the adaptation of the tune) was "manufactured" by D'Arcy Ferris of Bidford, who revived morris dancing in the 1880's to be employed as part of a larger events or spectacles. Ferris was a part-time entrepreneur and pageant master [see Forest, History of Morris Dancing, 1999]. See note for annotation:Staines Morris (3)" for more information.

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Printed sources : - Bacon (The Morris Ring), 1974; p. 73. Robbins Music Corp. (The Robbins collection of 200 jigs, reels and country dances), New York, 1933; No. 29, p. 10 (as "May Pole Dance").

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