Rustic Dance (3)
X:1 T:Rustic Dance  M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Schottische K:D (3FG^G|A>f d>B|A>^G A>^A|B>g e>g|B2 (3e^d=d| c>a B>g|f>e c>e|(3dfe (3dcB|A2 (3FG^G| A>f d>B|A>^G A>^A|B>g e>g|B2 (3e^d=d| c>a B>g|f>e (3cBA|d>F A>f|d2 fg|| (3a^ga b>a|f>d A>d|B>e ^d>f|e3 (3efg| a>g e>c|A>c e>g|f>a ^g>b|a2- (3afg| (3a^ga b>a|f>d A>F|G>B ^A>B|e2 e>f| (3gfg a>g|e>c (3ABc|d>F A>f|d2||
RUSTIC DANCE--SCOTTISCHE , THE. AKA and see "Billy Wilson's Clog,” “California Dance,” “California Hornpipe,” "Evening Pleasures Schottische," “Kenion Clog,” “Mason-Dixon Schottische (The),” “Nightingale (2) (The),” "O Dear Mother My Toes Are Sore (1)," “Parkersburg Landing,” “Peacock Rag,” “Rustic Hornpipe,” "Rusty Night Dance," “Starlight Clog,” “Wilson's Clog (2).” American, Canadian; Schottische. USA; Missouri, Nebraska, Michigan, Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio, New York. D Major (Christeson): C Major (Messer). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Messer): ABC (Christeson). A common, though widely varied dance tune in the East, Midwest and other parts of the country. It can be heard rendered in various rhythms, including a schottische, although some maintain that it is actually a difficult tune to perform that dance to. Northeastern Kentucky fiddler J.P. Fraley told writer and old-time fiddler Kerry Blech that a lot of the old-timers in his area played it but that he did not recall anyone dancing to it. Musicologist Jim Kimball, however, reports the tune is commonly played for a schottische for community dances in western New York and that fiddler Mark Hamilton plays a two part version in C which he calls "Humpty Dumpty Schottische.” He thinks his dad learned it when visiting the Toronto World's Fair in 1902. Fiddler Lauchlin Shaw, from the North Carolina piedmont region, had the tune in his repertoire, learned from Virgil Craven. Fiddler Les Raber of Hastings, Michigan, played the tune in the key of C Major, as did Lonnie Austin of the Spray/Eden area of North Carolina. West Virginia traditional musician Burl Hammons played it on the banjo and called it “Wilson's Clog (2).” Wayne County, Kentucky fiddler Clyde Davenport had a version in C major he called "Rusty Night Dance."
The tune was composed by Cyrus R. Howell (1836-1920), a schoolteacher and artist in Ontario. It was first published in Toronto in 1887 as a piano piece, and appeared in many editions and arrangements in the U.S. and Canada thereafter. It was originally in the key of B flat, with two more parts and a couple of key changes.