The Shrewsbury Flourish

This dance was devised by Bev Langton of the Shrewsbury Lasses morris side in the summer of 1984 when the side was invited to participate in the Sidmouth Festival. The idea was to have a dance to display and to teach at workshops. 'It was intended to be appropriate for any woman's side to dance'. There is also a tune specially composed by their musician Ray Langton.(©1996). However, England's Glory use the tune 'Enrico' from the Lock-Hardy MS which was apparently the favourite tune of author Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928) who for some unaccountable reason changed its original title of 'Jacob'. Hardy was an accomplished fiddle player, playing for 13 years from the age of nine in the family band in Dorset.

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