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Swaggering Boney (tune from John Mason)

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Source: Copy of C. Sharp ms no. 1260 in Vaughan Williams Memorial Library; Clive Carey ms in VWML.
Performer: Mason, John
Place Collected: Stow-on-the-Wold
Date collected: C Sharp: 1907 (27 Mar); Clive Carey: 1912 (22 Jun)
Collector: Sharp, Cecil

CJ Sharp met 72-year old John Mason in Stow-on-the-Wold Workhouse. Mason had played fiddle for the Sherborne Morris set (and possibly others) and, as well as providing Sharp with a number of tunes, he volunteered the address of William Hathaway in Cheltenham, the location of Sherborne Morris’s George Simpson near Didcot and gave other leads towards participants in the Longborough, Bledington and Oddington morris sets. Many of the tunes which Mason described as “Morris Dance” are not generally known as such. Mason came from Icomb and as well as fiddle played clarinet, flute and concertina. He was visited by Mary Neal and Clive Carey shortly before he died and they noted several of the tunes he had previously played for Sharp.

Swaggering Boney “From explanation given to me, this was evidently a version of How do ye do?”. Also known as Travel By Steam. This tune was noted by Clive Carey as well as Cecil Sharp.