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Posted By: RTim
15-Sep-07 - 08:36 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Subject: RE: Folklore: The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Here in the USA where Abbotts Bromley is a regular part of Revels productions, the Robinson's "Wheelwright" tune is used all the time.
Having once spoken to the late lamented Doug Fowell, he assured me they that NEVER used the tune, it is only associated with the dance because the tune was collected from Mr. Robinson, a Wheelwright, and occasionionly he played for the team in the old days.
The reason the tune is used in the US is because Jack Langstaff saw it performed at Thaxted and that is what he decided to use in The Revels.
Many Morris teams in the USA do the dance (Incl. Pinewoods Morris who I danced with) and it is regularly performed at Pinewoods Camp during summer evenings, which is very different than the UK where I think only Thaxted do it in addition to the Abbotts Bromley village team.

Tim Radford