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X:1 T:Prestwich Wakes M:4/4 L:1/8 N:Prestwich Rush-cart Tune, c. 1850 B:Gilchrist - Journal of the English Folk Dance Society, No. 1 (1927, p. 25) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:A E2A2 cccB|A2G2 BBBG|E2A2 cccB|A2c2 ee e2:| e2d2 fffe|c2e2 eeed|c3d cdBc|d2c2 AA A2||

PRESTWICH WAKES. English, Morris Dance Tune (4/4 time). England, North West. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is used for a polka step in the North West morris dance tradition. It was employed for the Prestwich, Lancashire, Rush-cart processional around the year 1850. Anne Gilchrist, in her article "Lancashire Rush-Cart and Morris Dance" (Journal of the English Folk Dance Society No. 1, 1927, p. 25) records:

This tune, which looks like a pipe-and-tabor air, was played when moving off after the stationary dance before a house or inn. The steps were different, the tempo slower, and I should judge that it was kind of 'Morris Off', which I have not encountered elsewhere among the Lancashire dances.

The tune is different than the similarly titled "Preston Wakes" although it refers to the same event).

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Wade (Mally’s North West Morris Book), 1988; p. 13.

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