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MOSTON RUSHCART. English, Morris Dance Tune (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle) . AABB. The tune is used in the North-West England morris tradition for a single or a polka step. It was collected in 1907 in Moston (a district of Manchester), Lancashire, by Anne Gilcrest from the playing of Smith Williamson, formerly a bandsman in Moston and Newton Heath. Gilcrest remarked: "This tune also is very similar in style and character to 'Tomorrow will be my dancing day'." The Rush-cart ceremony was practiced in the north west counties of Lancashire and Cumbria, and involved a community procession to clean old rushes from the church floor and to replace them with new ones [1]. Gilchrist published the tune in her article "The Lancashire Rush-Cart and Morris-Dance" (Journal of the English Folk Dance Society No. 1, 1927, p. 24).

Source for notated version: Smith Williamson, via Anne Gilcrest [2].

Printed sources: Wade (Mally's North West Morris Book), 1988; p. 26.

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