Garland Dance (The)

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GARLAND DANCE, THE. English, Scottische (?). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. According to Simpson and Roud (Dictionary of English Folklore, 2000) garlands were common elements of English customs, often displayed at May Day (where they were carried around the village) and at Christmas-time, at weddings, and funerals. Garland dancing was popular in 19th century mill towns in the North of England, as the industrial revolution resulted in a migration from rural areas to cities.

Source for notated version: contained in the 19th century Joseph Kershaw Manuscript-Kershaw was a fiddle player who lived in the remote area of Slackcote, Saddleworth, North West England, who compiled his manuscript from 1820 onwards, according to Jamie Knowles [Kershaw].

Printed sources: Knowles (The Joseph Kershaw Manuscript), 1993; No. 64.

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