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Alternative title: Glory Sher

Source: C. Sharp ms no. 2336 and 2400 in Vaughan Williams Memorial Library
Place Collected: Stow-on-the-Wold
Date collected: 2 September 1909, 13 September 1909
Collector: Sharp, Cecil

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).

Glorisher
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 laborer and a keen morris dancer. His fiddle was bridge-less and bow-less so he half hummed and half whistled this & following 2 tunes.
This Glory Sher, …. “Glorisher’, was a leap-frog dance which so far I have not been able to note down with sufficient accuracy.”
11 days later Sharp met Benfield again at Stow-on-the-Wold, and noted the version published first here. So the 13 September version appears to represent Sharp’s final view.

Note by Charles Menteith


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