X:1 % T:Winster Gallop S:Claire McLaughlin, Edinburgh 9/4/03 Z:Nigel Gatherer M:2/4 L:1/8 K:G GB GB | GB d2 | AB/c/ BA | GB d2 | ce fe | dB d2 | AB/c/ BA | G2 G2 :| gf ed | gf ed | gf ed | cB A2 | fe d2 | fe d2 | d2 A>c | BG G2 :|]
WINSTER GALLOP. English, Country or Morris Dance Tune (2/4 or 4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Barnes): AABB (Raven, Sweet, Wade). Both dance and tune were originally collected by pioneering folklorist Cecil Sharp (1859-1924) who visited the village of Winston, Derbyshire, near Sheffield in the Peak District, in 1908 and noted five dances, including The Processional and The Gallop. The tune is used for either a polka or a single step in the North West (England) morris dance tradition. It is frequently the first tune learned by beginning Northumbrian pipers, and in modern English sessions in general it is considered a 'beginner's tune'.
20th century New England caller Rod Linnell created a circle dance that Ralph Page paired with "Winster Gallop" (see Northern Junket, volume 9, No. 5, August 1968).