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Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel

Mr Happy 12 Mar 13 - 05:41 AM
Tug the Cox 12 Mar 13 - 09:53 AM
Mr Happy 12 Mar 13 - 10:33 AM
GUEST,Peter Laban 12 Mar 13 - 10:33 AM
GUEST,Howard Jones 13 Mar 13 - 04:44 AM
Mr Happy 13 Mar 13 - 06:10 AM
Tug the Cox 13 Mar 13 - 08:39 PM
Bert 13 Mar 13 - 09:20 PM
Banjo-Flower 14 Mar 13 - 04:55 AM
GUEST,Mark Bluemel 14 Mar 13 - 05:11 AM
Bert 14 Mar 13 - 05:27 AM
Mo the caller 14 Mar 13 - 10:59 AM
Bert 14 Mar 13 - 11:38 AM
Mr Happy 14 Mar 13 - 12:38 PM
Mo the caller 14 Mar 13 - 01:28 PM
Weasel 15 Mar 13 - 07:44 AM
GUEST,Seayaker 15 Mar 13 - 01:39 PM
Bert 15 Mar 13 - 07:17 PM
Mo the caller 16 Mar 13 - 07:41 AM
Bert 16 Mar 13 - 07:50 AM
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Subject: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Mr Happy
Date: 12 Mar 13 - 05:41 AM

Another fine tune gaining in popularity locally.

Apparently from Sussex but also known as Geud Man of Ballangigh

X: 1
T:Hunt the Squirrel
R:Jig
C:Trad.
O:Sussex England
M:6/8
L:1/8
Q:1/8=240
K:G
"G"G2d d2e|d3B3|GAB A2"D"G|"G"GAB A2"D"G|
"G"G2d d2e|d3B3|GAB A2"D"G|"G"G3-G3:|
|:"C"c2d edc|c2d edc|c2d e2f|g3-g fe|
"G"d2B d2B|d2B d3|GAB A2G|G3-G3:|


Good instrumental version here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpszgLUuDiw


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 12 Mar 13 - 09:53 AM

In the Country Dance books Sharp gives this tune for a dance of the same name, but also suggests it use for 'The Good man...' for which he produces no original tune.There are many versions, one innthe CDM's and the Headington Morris dance.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Mr Happy
Date: 12 Mar 13 - 10:33 AM

Yes indeed, I found 2 completely different tunes with the same name.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 12 Mar 13 - 10:33 AM

I know the tune from an Irish context, it was recorded by the group Bakerswell during the mid eighties. They gave no further references.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: GUEST,Howard Jones
Date: 13 Mar 13 - 04:44 AM

The tune is in Playford and seems to pop up in the tradition in several different areas.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Mr Happy
Date: 13 Mar 13 - 06:10 AM

Re the different names of this piece, I suspect ' Hunt the Squirrel' is the name of the dance & 'Geud Man of Ballangigh' is the actual name of the tune


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 13 Mar 13 - 08:39 PM

Mr Happy...in the Country dance tunes, C.Sharp...two different dances appear on consecutive pges, and share a tune.Both have dance notations GMofB has no tune.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Bert
Date: 13 Mar 13 - 09:20 PM

How does the dance go? Is it related to "Chase the Rabbit, Chase the Squirrel"?


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Banjo-Flower
Date: 14 Mar 13 - 04:55 AM

look up   imagproc on youtube you may find the dance there

Gerry


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel
Date: 14 Mar 13 - 05:11 AM

Didn't the Committee Band do this as "Fig and Banana"?
(Vocal performance by the Hammersmith Men's shouting choir)
"Stick it up your jumper!
Fig and banana, fig and banana.
Stick it up your jumper!
Fig and banana roll"


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Bert
Date: 14 Mar 13 - 05:27 AM

Hunt the squirrel

Chase the Rabbit


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Mo the caller
Date: 14 Mar 13 - 10:59 AM

And Geud man


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Bert
Date: 14 Mar 13 - 11:38 AM

That's a nice dance Mo, looks as though it may have some French influence.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Mr Happy
Date: 14 Mar 13 - 12:38 PM

Even though its in Playford, I think it may be a European import, from how it sounds


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Mo the caller
Date: 14 Mar 13 - 01:28 PM

The square dance is very slick, Bert. Our club has a record of Jonesy calling that but it's not obvious (just listening to the call) where he chases her, so thanks for that.
Watching the way the lead changes reminds me of a figure that has come into English Dancing fairly recently. The Dolphin Hey. It involves 4 people but the ends are weaving too - a hey or reel for 3 with the 'active couple' working as one unit, but changing the leader at each end. Can't find it on Youtube Google gives this site with decriptions but Yahoo thinks Hey is a greeting and Reel is something you catch fish (surely not dolphins) with.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Weasel
Date: 15 Mar 13 - 07:44 AM

There's a beautiful, slow setting of "Hunt the Squirrel" by Ernest Tomlinson in his "First Suite of English Folk Dances" for orchestra.

Cheers,

Weasel


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: GUEST,Seayaker
Date: 15 Mar 13 - 01:39 PM

What do you play it with?

(To practise for Anglesey)


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Bert
Date: 15 Mar 13 - 07:17 PM

Mo, while I prefer the challenge of Modern American Square, I still love the old traditional dances.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Mo the caller
Date: 16 Mar 13 - 07:41 AM

We went to a MWS class for a while, but had to drop out for family reasons before we 'graduated'. Some parts of it we really liked - listening and responding to the call rather than remembering. Some we were less keen on - the fact that if you went to a public dance it was either V. easy or mainstream/plus; the way they seemed more interested in costume than dancing in time to the music (swishing the skirt to show the knickers); the push for ever more complex levels; and because we'd dropped out we would have had to start at the beginning again.
There are some callers at English festivals who include some squares among the contra's that they call - walk through the figure but the breaks are thrown at us as a surprise (building on the callers assessment of the knowledge of the floor). I think that is most satisfying.

Sorry John, we're chasing a different squirrel here.

Back on topic - one of the Chester bands plays Hunt the Squirrel in the minor as well as the major (or does something odd with it - makes us prick up our little red ears and twitch our bushy tails)


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Hunt the Squirrel
From: Bert
Date: 16 Mar 13 - 07:50 AM

...dancing in time to the music... Ah yes, there are some of them out there.

Thread drift...

We did some Advanced classes a way back. Now that was fun. We had two callers, one would get the dancers all mixed up, then he'd hand the mic over to his buddy who would have to sort them back to their places. None of your 32 measures stuff, the records went on for ages.


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