Dorset 4 Hand Reel

This is a fishermens' dance from Bridport, originally collected from a Mr F Masters. (Although one version suggests it was made up by the local branch of EFDSS in 1950 for a Sidmouth workshop!) However it has been learned by the author that Peter Swann and the Ashmore Group of researchers and collectors, of Dorset had seen the dance performed by fishermen in a pub in Bridport, and at the request of EFDSS, wrote it down for publication and performance, in 1955 or 1956. In doing so, they just changed some of the hand holds to make it more suitable for mixed (couple) dancing, as opposed to 'men only'. England's Glory learned it on a morris tour with Swindon side Liddington Hall about 20 years ago, when it was danced in the aisles (upstairs and downstairs) of a double-decker bus!
The tune to 'Ding Dong Merrily on High' is used at Christmas.

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