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Alternative title: (The Twenty-ninth of May)

Source: R. Kenworthy Schofield, (1934) JEFDSS Vol 1 (3) p150 "Morris Dances from Bledington"
Place Collected: Bould
Date collected: 1923

Charles Benfield was the main informant for the Bledington tunes, most of which were noted by Cecil Sharp at Benfield’s house at Bould (Oxon), a hamlet about a mile from Bledington (Glos).

In 1923 R. Kenworthy-Schofield visited Bledington with the Travelling Morrice and noted more tunes from Charles Benfield. They were published in JEFDSS Vol 1, no. 3 p 147-151, Dec 1934.

CJ Sharp wrote, 2 September 1909
“Ch. Benfield was fiddler to the Bledington Morris till it lapsed about 15-20 years ago. He afterwards taught some younger men but could not induce them to continue. He is an agricultural labourer and a keen morris dancer. His fiddle was bridge-less and bow-less so he half hummed and half whistled this & following 2 tunes.”