Old Frog Dance (The)
X: 1 T:Old Frog Dance - Oddington T:the Frog Hop R:jig S:http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/tune-189-old-frog-dance-oddington.html M:6/8 L:1/8 K:G d |\ BAG Bcd | efe d2d | gfg eaf | g3 d2 c | BAG Bcd | efe d2d | gfg eag | fef g2 || |: g |\ fga aba | afd def | g2g gfe | ecc c3 | Bcd g3 | cde a3 | Bcd eag | fef g2 :|
OLD FROG DANCE, THE. AKA and see "Frog Hop (The)," "Gee Ho Dobbin," "How Do You Do? (1)," "Swaggering Boney," "Travel by Steam." English, Morris Dance Tune (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BBBA'. "Old Frog Dance" was collected in the village of Oddington, Gloucestershire, England. The "Old Frog" was yet another name for French Emperor and conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte. The tune and dance were collected by Clive Carey in 1912 and 1913 from an elderly (aged 74) laboring man named Charles Taylor (known locally as 'Minnie' or 'Titch' because of his short stature). Taylor (1838-1929) claimed the Oddington team had last danced in 1888, but that he could still dance the night through.
The tune is the vehicle for the song "The Congleton Bear".