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STEP BACK. AKA and see "Old Molly Oxford (2)." English, Morris Dance Tune (2/2 time). D Major (Bacon, Karpeles, Raven): G Major (Mallinson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (x3), AA (Bacon, Mallinson). Collected from the Cotswold village of Leafield, Oxfordshire, which the collector Cecil Sharp (1859-1924) called Fieldtown. Dances from the village are known as Fieldtown dances among morris dance circles today. The title "Step-Back" was Cecil Sharpe's descriptive name for the dance (which has a figure with a distinctive step-back movement) and subsequently the melody, which was collected by him from Leafield fiddler Frank Butler. It often appears under the title “Old Molly Oxford,” but is not the tune that usually goes by that name.

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Printed sources : - Bacon (The Morris Ring), 1974; p. 151. Karpeles & Schofield (A Selection of 100 English Folk Dance Airs), 1951; p. 39. Mallinson (Mally’s Cotswold Morris Book), 1988, vol. 2; No. 29, p. 15. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 75.

Recorded sources : - Topic TCSD458, John Kirkpatrick - “Plain Capers” (1976. Appears as “Old Molly Oxford”).

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