Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Dance: Cock in Britches

Informants: Mrs Rowse of Treesmill in July and October 1983 Mr Arthur Biddick, Goonhavern, December 1983. Mrs Rowse was a grand old lady of ninety who had lived in the area all her life. She explained that although the dance was often performed on festive occasions throughout the year, it was essentially associated with the Goldheys (Harvest Home) and the ceremony of 'Crying The Neck'.
Formation: Solo dance for ladies holding a weeding paddle or similar implement.
Steps On toes, step right, left, right, kick the floor beside right toe with left heel. Repeat starting with left foot etc. Bars

 

Cock In Britches Dance

   
Bars  
1-2
Begin with four steps on the spot.
3-4
Place paddle across shoulders holding with left hand to imitate the yoke. Use right hand to imitate throwing seed from the seedlip whilst taking four basic steps as above travelling forward.
5-6
Lift paddle down with two hands and use to imitate raking haystack waste over seeds whilst taking four steps backwards. (Chorus) Stand paddle on floor, keeping steady and upright throughout with right hand.
7-8
All on toes: weight on right foot point left foot to left and return to centre; weight on left foot point right foot to right and return to centre. 8 Step back with left foot, then bring right back to left. Step forward with left foot bring right to meet.
9
Swing once around the paddle pivoting on right foot and pushing with left.
10
Weight on right foot point left foot to left and return to centre. Weight on left foot point right to right and return to centre.
11-12
Now swing round the paddle as per bar 9 but twice this time. using free left hand to carry skirt up and down in a wave pattern.
Repeat the complete dance but imitate a scythe in bars 1 - 6
Repeat the dance again but imitating a flail in bars 1 - 6
The tune for this dance is 'Cock in Britches' as originally collected with the dance. Either played as instrumental or sung. Click for Midi file of tune
   
   
   
   
     
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