Cuckoo's Nest

Versions of this dance and tune are widespread. It was collected by Cecil Sharp from Ilmington in 1908, and it is this version that is performed today, with short sticks. The tune has been attributed to the Irish harpist, O'Carolan, (1670 - 1738) and is found in Ireland as a song, 'The Magpie's Nest', and in America as a military band march, 'The Eagle March', where it was collected in Connecticut in 1777 by Giles Gibbs. It is also found in Wales as 'Nyth y Gwcw'. 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' is used as a Christmas tune.

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