Boscastle Breakdown

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X: 1 T: Boscastle Breakdown N: page A38 N: heptatonic M:4/4 L:1/8 R:Reel Z:bil@blueskiesink.com K:G "G"G2 B>c d2 B2|"C"c>d e>f g4|"G"G2 B>c d2 B2|"D"A2 A2 A4| "G"G2 B>c d2 B2|"C"c>d e>f g4|"D"d>g f>e d>c B>A|"G"G2 G2 G4:: "G"g>d B>d g>d B>d|"C"g>e c>e g>e c>e|"G"g>d B>d g>d B>d|"D"B2 A2 A4| "G"g>d B>d g>d B>d|"C"g>e c>e g>e c>e|"D"a>g f>e d>c B>A|"G"G2 B2 G4:|



BOCASTLE BREAKDOWN. English, Hornpipe (whole time). England, Cornwall. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. According to Merv Davey, Boscastle Breakdown is a form of Scoot Dancing (Cornish step dancing) characterized by heavy footwear. Importantly, the point of the dance and musical accompaniment is to play a series of variations as a conversation between dancer and musician. Thus, the chord structure is fairly simple, allowing for a variety of variations both spontaneous, and in the tradition.


The tune has similarities to "Banjo Breakdown."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Noted from the playing of pianist Beatrice Beer by Jon Mills, at the Cobweb Inn, Bocastle, in 1974 [Davey].

Printed sources : - Merv Davey (Hengan), 1983; p. 56.






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