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GUEST,Black belt caterpillar wrestler Morris Tunes?? (31) RE: Morris Tunes?? 08 Jul 09

What sort of Morris?

Cotswold morris has its tunes quite set in stone and yet you can see an analogy with Darwin's Galapagos finches with tunes from the different sides having minor variations on a theme.

North west morris is maily based upon Victorian mill workers seting up a team so that they could go to the seaside for the day, dance and collect to pay the train fare! As a result any popular tune of the day that fitted would do. As time has gone on some tunes have become "traditional" but there has always been a faction in North west dancing that has tried to introduce new or alternative tunes to try and prevent a dance form being fixed to a particular tune.

Some dances have been recovered from the brink of obscurity without the orignal tune being known and this can lead to several tunes being tried out over a period of time before finding the most suitable music to go with it. In John O' Gaunt we now use the minor version of "Mona's delight" for "The Maze" after some years using another tune. It came to light that a Manx reel was used in the past and on trying this out it worked perfectly.

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