Sheriff's Ride (The)

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SHERIFF'S RIDE, THE. AKA - "Wraggle Taggle Gypsies." English, Morris Dance Tune (4/4 time). E Minor (Mallinson): C Minor (Bacon). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (x4), AAB. Collected from the village of Lichfield, Staffordshire, in England's Cotswolds. The tune (and dance) takes its name from the old custom of ‘riding the boundaries’, in which once a year officials rode the circumference of a township or landholding to protect the boundaries from encroachment. In Lichfield the event which took place on the Saturday nearest to the 8th September, when the Sheriff and dignitaries of Lichfield set out to ride the boundaries of the town (a sixteen-mile circuit). The event dates to the 16th century when the town was given a charter with the right to appoint its own Sheriff.

The tune is also employed as the vehicle for the song "Wraggle Taggle Gypsies."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Carlin (Master Collection of Dance Music for the Violin), 1984; No. 38, p. 33. Bacon ( The Morris Ring), 1974; p. 240. Mallinson (Mally’s Cotswold Morris Book, vol. 2), 1988; No. 45, p. 23.

Recorded sources: - BGO CD 354, Albion Country Band - "Battle of the Field" (1976).

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