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DOUBLE SET BACK. AKA – "Double Setback." English, Reel and Morris Dance Tune (2/2 time). C Major (Carlin): G Major (Callaghan, Mallinson). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB (Carlin): ABB' (Bacon): AABB (x4), AA (Callaghan, Mallinson). From the village of Headington, Oxfordshire, in England's Cotswolds. The tune is a variant of "Morning Star (2)," and was collected by Cecil Sharp from Headington Quarry, a morris dance side he encountered on Boxing Day in 1899. Sharp published the tune in 1909. Anglo concertina player (and bricklayer) William "Merry" Kimber (1872–1961), Sharp’s informant on the Headington Quarry morris dance tradition, recorded the tune in 1946. Phillip Heath-Coleman [1] remarks that the tune apperas in Peter Kennedy's Fiddler's Tune Book, vol. 1, and Tro Llaw (Bowen, 1987) with 'notier' second strains, "which seem to reflect a precursor of the Locke, Benfield and Kimber versions."

Sources for notated versions: Charles Benfield [Bacon], James Locke [Sharp], William Kimber [Callaghan].

Printed sources: Bacon (Handbook of Morris Dances), 1974; p. 186. Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 34. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 42, p. 35. Mallinson (Mally's Cotswold Morris Book, vol. 2), 1988; No. 20, p. 11.

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