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DEAREST DICKY. AKA - "Dearest Dickie." AKA and see "Marquis of Harlington (The)." English, Morris Dance Tune (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBB, AABBB, AACCC, AACCC. A cornerdance and tune from the village of Leafield, Oxfordshire, in England's Cotswolds. Leafield was called Fieldtown by the collector Cecil Sharp [1] (1859-1924), and the group of dances from that village are today known in morris circles as Fieldtown dances. The music was largely collected by Sharp from a fiddler by the name of Frank Butler. The melody appears in the c. 1860's music manuscript of William Tildesley (Swinton, Lancashire), under the title "The Marquis."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Bacon (The Morris Ring), 1974; p. 159. Mallinson (Mally's Cotswold Morris Book), 1988; No. 21, p. 16.

Recorded sources: Cottey Light Industries CLI-903, Dexter et al - "Over the Water" (1993). Fellside Records FECD192, Spiers & Boden - "Tunes" (2005).

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