Ribbon Dance (The)

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RIBBON DANCE. English, Country and Morris Dance Tune (2/2 or 4/4 time). England, North-West. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Wade): ABB (Karpeles, Raven, Sharp). Ribbon Dance can refer to several different dances performed with a length of cloth or Ribbon, including Maypole and non-maypole dances, and various tunes are used as an accompaniment. The tune given here as "Ribbon Dance" was used for a polka step in the North-West (England) morris dance tradition, however, the Ribbon Dance itself is not a morris dance but rather an English country dance. Cecil Sharp collected this "Ribbon Dance" tune from the playing of concertina player and morris dancer William Kimber, who played for both the Headington and Bampton morris sides in the early 20th century.

See also "Butterfly (2) (The)" collected in Winchcombe in 1909 by Cecil Sharp from the playing of fiddler William Davis, which was also used for a Ribbon Dance. "Brighton Camp" (AKA "Girl I Left Behind Me (1) (The)" was used for a ribbon dance display by Sam Bennett’s Morris Dancers (a group of village girls) in the early 20th century.

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Printed sources : - Burchanel (Dances of the People), 1913; pp. 12-14. Karpeles & Schofield (A Selection of 100 English Folk Dance Airs), 1951; p. 1. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 76. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 2. Wade (Mally’s North West Morris Book), 1988; p. 19.

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