Boatman's Dance (1)

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 Theme code Index    6565 6553
 Also known as    Boatsman (2), Dance Boatman Dance (1)
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    England
 Genre/Style    English, Minstrel, Morris
 Meter/Rhythm    Country Dance, Reel (single/double)
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    2/4, 2/2
 History    ENGLAND(North West)
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    Gumbo Chaff
 Book/Manuscript title    The Complete Preceptor for the Banjo
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 8
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1851
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
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BOATMAN'S DANCE [1]. AKA and see "Dance Boatman Dance (1)." American (originally), English; Minstrel song, Step-dance and Morris Dance Tune (2/4 time). G Major (Wade). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Wade): ABCC. An American blackface minstrel tune with words, also used as a vehicle for step dancing. In England "Boatman's Dance" was employed as a vehicle for a morris dance in North-West Morris, for either polka step or single step. See also "Boatsman (2)" for version in old-time tradition.

Printed sources: Chaff (The Complete Preceptor for the Banjo), 1851; p. 9. Wade (Mally's North West Morris Book), 1988; p. 16.

Recorded source: Cottey Light Industries CLI-903, Dexter et al - "Over the Water" (1993. Appears as part of the medley "Godley Hill").

T:Boatman's Dance
B:Gumbo Chaff - The Complete Preceptor for the Banjo (1851, p. 9)
N: A later edition of the earliest known banjo tutor, published in 1848.  It was written by Elias Howe, whose pseudonym Gumbo Chaff 
N:is taken from Thomas Dartmouth Rice's 1834 blackface character.  The 1851 edition was published in Boston by Oliver Ditson. 
N:In 1850 Howe sold some of his works to Ditson (this one among them) and agreed not to publish similar works for ten years.
Z:AK/FIddler's Companion
d|ee d>B|ee d>d|ee d>B|dd B>d|
ee dB|ee d>d|ee d>B|dd B>G|
BG A>B|d2 zd|B>G A>B|G2 zG|
BG A>B|dd GG/A/|Bd/d/ AB/B/|G2G2|
g2 gg|ag e2|G/B/e/d/ Bd/d/|AB Gz||
T:Boatman's Dance  [1]
S:Charles Pool 2009
G | [BG] [BG] [A3/2F3/2] [A/F/] | [BG] [BG] [A3/2F3/2] [A/F/]  | [BG] [BG] [AF] F | E [AD] [A3/2D3/2] G|
[BG] [BG] [A3/2F3/2] [A/F/] | [BG] [BG] [A3/2F3/2] [A/F/]  | [BG] [BG] [AF] F | E [DD] [D3/2D3/2] E||
F2 EF | [A3D3] [AD] | F2 EF | D3 E |FF FE/F/ | AA AF/A/ | BA FE | [D2D2] [D2D2] ||
|:[d2G2] [B3/2G3/2] [G/B/] | [AD][AD] F2 | F/F/ E/E/ D/D/ E/E/ |FE [DD] z :|
% Adlib Play D with 4th finger on G string for drone with open D string.

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