Annotation:White Ladies Aston

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X: 1 T:White Ladies Aston M:4/4 C: S:Bacon (RD (from MK)) N: A:White Ladies Aston O:English R:Reel %: K:G I:speed 300 D2 | G2 G2 GABc | d2 d2 B3 B | c2 c2 A3 A | B2 B2 G3 || D | G2 G2 GABc | d2 d2 B3 B | c2 c2 A2 F2 | G2 G2 G2 ||

WHITE LADIES ASTON. English, Morris Dance Tune (time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Collected from the village of White Ladies Aston [1] [2], Worcestershire, England, named for an order of nuns who were granted land in the parish. The tune "White Ladies Aston" was collected from the singing of George Staite (Ombersley, Worcestershire, in April, 1928, by Maude Karpeles, and appears in her manuscript collection [3], while Cecil Sharp had it from his informant. However, several popular tunes were also played for the dance.

The tune corresponds to the second strain of the Sliabh Luachra "Blue Ribbon Polka (1)," which itself seems to have derived from 19th century light-classical repertory.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Bacon (The Morris Ring), 1974; p. 313.

Recorded sources : - Talking Elephant Records, "The Magic of Morris vol. 1" (2009. Various artists).

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