Boatman's Dance (1)
BOATMAN'S DANCE . 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").
X:1 T:Boatman's Dance M:2/4 L:1/8 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 K:G 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||
X:2 T:Boatman's Dance  S:Charles Pool 2009 M:2/2 L:1/4 R:Reel K:D 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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