The National Association of Men's Morris & Sword Dance Clubs

Oddington

The dances and tunes as listed in A Handbook of Morris Dances

 

  1. Young Collins, Carey MSS
  2. Constant Billy, RKS MSS
  3. Highland Mary, Carey MSS
  4. The Old Frog Dance (Swaggering Boney), Carey MSS
  5. Trunkles (Trunko), Carey MSS
  6. Princess Royal (Jig) Carey MSS
  7. London Pride (alternative tune to Highland Mary)
  8. Jockey To The Fair (Jig)

 

Sources: 

RD (Carey MSS); TM

Informant to both Carey and The Travelling Morrice was Charles Taylor (known locally as Minnie or Titch). He met with Clive Carey on October 21st 1912 and over the Easter weekend of 1913 some 30 years after dances were last performed by the village (Taylor claimed 1888). Although at least two other dancers were still alive at the time, Carey used Taylor, who said that he had danced for the village side for some 22 years, as his exclusive source. He knew the Bledington and Longborough traditions as well as Oddington, and Lionel Bacon concluded he might not always have distinguished clearly between them.  He had been a very active dancer in the area and was also a friendly with fiddler and dancer Sam Bennet, of Illmington fame.  Even at 74 years of age he claimed he was still to be capable of dancing all night.

 

For much more information see Keith Chandler's "Morris Dancing at Oddington Gloucestershire".

Dance tunes for this tradition

ABC Sheet music mp3
Highland Mary Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Old Frog Dance (Swaggering Boney) Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Trunkles (Trunko) Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Young Collins Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF