Highland Mary (1)

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X: 1 T: Highland Mary [1] R: hornpipe O: England Z: John Chambers <jc@trillian.mit.edu> B: Morris Ring (several versions) B: J.Timpany N: Both Morris Ring and Timpany identify this tune with Bampton. M: C| L: 1/8 P: A(ABB)4 K: G P: A (3DEF \ | "G"G2 A>G F>E D2 | G2 A>B "C"c2 B>c | "G"d2 d>e "D7"d>c B>A | "G"G2 B2 "D7"D3 (3DEF | | "G"G2 A>G F>E D2 | G2 A>B "C"c2 B>c | "G"d2 d>e "D7"d>c B>A | "G"G2 "D7"F2 "G"G2 || P: B |: D2 \ | "G"G>A B>c d2 d2 | "C"e>d dB "D7"c2 B>c | "G"d2 d>e "D7"d>c B>A | "G"G>A B>G "D7"D3 (3DEF | | "G"G2 A>G F>E D2 | G2 A>B "C"c2 B>c | "G"d2 d>e "D7"d>c B>A | "G"G2 "D7"F2 "G"G2 :||



HIGHLAND MARY [1]. English, Morris Dance Tune (4/4 time). G Major (Bacon-Longborough & Oddington versions, Mallinson): A Major (Bacon-Bampton version). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Bacon): ABB, x4 (Bacon-Ascot under Wychwood version, Mallinson): AABB (Bacon-Oddington version). Similar versions have been collected from the villages of Ascot-under-Wychwood (Oxfordshire), Longborough (Gloucestershire), Oddington (Gloucestershire), and Bampton (Oxfordshire) in England's Cotswold's. A 1943 field recording of Bampton morris musician William 'Jinkey' Wells (1868-1953) exists of the elderly musician playing this tune and singing his own accompaniment with nonsense 'mouth-music' syllables.


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Printed sources : - Bacon (The Morris Ring), 1974; pp. 25, 34 (Bampton), 252 (Longborough), and 271 (Oddington). Mallinson (Mally's Cotswold Morris Book), 1988; No. 24, p. 18 (Bampton) and No. 40, p. 26 (Longborough). Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 79 (Longborough).

Recorded sources : - Cottey Light Industries CLI-903, Dexter et al - "Over the Water" (1993). Folktrax 90-084, "Constant Billy: the Morris Dancers of Bampton." Topic TSCD458, John Kirkpatrick - "Plain Capers" (1976/1992).




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