FTX-211 - BUTTER'D PEASE

YORKSHIRE COUNTRY DANCES

10 dances from Wharfedale are explained and the tunes played on the fiddle by 73-year old Peter Beresford, some being accompanied on the accordion by his son, George. 4 Swaledale dances are played by Kit White (melodeon), 7 from Teesdale by Mark Anderson (melodeon) with Tommy Beadle (fiddle) & Bob Beadle (piano and concertina). The rest of the album is devoted to Billy Pennock of Goathland, who fiddles away then stops and explains and hums 12 local dances and sings two songs: THE BONNY HAWTHORN and THE INDIAN LASS.

Peter Beresford (fiddle):-

1. THE HUNTSMAN'S CHORUS: Peter Beresford (fid)/ George (accordion) - 1'11"

2. SWINGING SIX: (As #1) talk & tune ("Here we go round the Mulberry Bush") - 1'45"

3. THE FLOWERS OF EDINBURGH: Peter (fiddle unacc) - 0'37"

4. SQUARE EIGHT: (As #1) talk & tune ("My little Donkey/ Buffalo Girls) - 1'37"

5. CIRCASSIAN CIRCLE: (As #3) talk & tune "Buckden F'aste" (Oyster Girl) - 1'47"

6. BUTTER'D PEASE: (As #1) talk & tune - 1'35"

7. SATAN AMONG THE SEAMSTRESSES: (As #3) talk & tune (Devil among tailors) - 0'54"

8. HANDKERCHIEF DANCE ("Kendal Ghyl"): (As #1) talk & tune ("Lady of the Lake") - 1'51"

9. BUY A BROOM/ BLACK JACK: (As #3) talk & tunes - 1'43"

10. NINEPINS: (As #1) talk & tune ("Rakes of Malo") - 1'35"

11. Talk about the music by Peter and Mrs Beresford - 1'02"

12. Repeat of #1. with talk - 1'06"

Kit White (melodeon):-

13. SQUARE EIGHT: Kit White (melodeon) intro by Dick Guy - 1'23"

14. TURN OFF SIX: (As #13) talk & tune ("My love she's but a lassie yet") - 1'25"

15. CIRCASSIAN CIRCLE: talk & tune ("Swaledale Lasses" or "Drunken Sailor") - 1'13"

16. THE SELF: talk & tune (variant of "Oyster Girl") - 1'20"

Middleton-in-Teesdale:-

17. THE FOUR HAND REEL: Mark Anderson (mel) (tune: "Rakes of Malo") - 1'00"

18. OLD TOWLER (Hunting Song): (As #17) tune & chorus - 1'37"

19. ONE STEP: (As #17) - 1'12"

20. THE TEESDALE HILLS (Waltz): (As #17) - 0'45"

21. CIRCASSIAN CIRCLE: Tommy Beadle (fid) & Bob (piano) tune: "Bonny Dundee" - 0'38"

Billy Pennock (fid):-

22. St HELENA'S MARCH: Billy Pennock: tune hummed, talk & played on fiddle - 2'43"

23. THE COPENHAGEN WALTZ: talk & tune hummed & danced - 1'52"

24. THE OFFICER'S POLKA: talk, tune hummed, danced & played on fid - 2'36"

25. Talk about dances: Circassian Circle, Lancers & Quadrilles - 1'39"

26. NAPOLEON'S GRAND MARCH: played on the fiddle - 1'14"

27. Song: THE BONNY HAWTHORN: sung/ played on fiddle - 2'11"

28. SQUARE EIGHT: talk & tune with words: "Old Mrs. Wilson" - 2'09"

29. PLAIN SCHOTTISCHE: played on the fiddle - 0'37"

30. Talk about Country Dances: NEW RIGGED SHIP: tunes hummed - 2'18"

31. CORN RIGS: tune hummed - 0'22"

32. BARBARY BELL: tune hummed - 0'24"

33. BLACK JACK Tune & talk, demonstration of dance with hand- clapping - 1'42"

34. THE BRICKMAKERS: tune on fiddle & talk - 1'59"

35. THE SIX REEL: talk with ref to "calling dances on wireless" & tunes ("The Sylph Jig" & "Durham Rangers") - 1'54"

36. Song: THE INDIAN LASS: song & tune on fiddle - 0'27"

Middleton-in-Teesdale:-

37. LET THE CLOUDS ROLL BY (Barn Dance): Bob Beadle (conc) - 1'24"

38. QUICKSTEP (As previous) - 1'55"

Tracks #1-12 Recordings of the Beresfords by Peter Kennedy, Oughtershaw, Skipton-in-Craven, 25th November 1954; #13-16 Kit White (melodeon) introduced by Dick Guy, Swaledale 1954; #17-21 & #37-38 Recorded Middleton-in-Teesdale, 20th April 1950;. #22-36 Billy Pennock, recorded by Peter Kennedy, Goathland 3rd May 1953.

Edited by Peter Kennedy and first published on Folktrax cassettes 1975.

PETER BERESFORD, retired farmer of Langstrothdale, like his father had previously been a stonebreaker on the roads,then a postman for 30 years, walking 3 miles twice a week for 4 shillings. His mother played concertina and Peter learned to play the fiddle from his brother, Tom of Yockenthwaite. All 5 children formed a family band playing at local dances for 5 shillings a night.

BILLY PENNOCK, 66, had been a blacksmith for 33 years, His father, Neswell Pennock, played to collector, Cecil Sharp, and Maud Karpeles published his NEW RIGGED SHIP in "12 Traditional Dances". His grand-father, also a fiddler, was a clock-and-watch cleaner, with whom Billy had his first job. He later worked with his father at the smithy.

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