Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornsh Dance: Fish Tin and Copper

In March 1998 the Cornish Traditional Dance Competition held a selection for a new dance to celebrate 20 years of Lowender Peran. This was the winning dance. It was choreographed by Jenny White for the Bolingey Troyl Band and Dancers originally as a demonstration dance which they performed at the opening ceremony of Lowender Peran in 1997. They had such fun with it that they then adapted it to this version to share and enjoy at ceilis. The chorus of the song inspired the use of traditional steps and patterns to represent these Cornish industries, including steps from the Newlyn Fisherman's Reel, followed by a chain (swimming fish), then the turning of wheels and cogs of the mines.

Arrangement: 2 Choruses as intro, 7 verses and choruses, finishing with two repeats of the chorus at the end

Formation:4 couples in a circle, lady on the man's right (can also be done with 3 or 5 couples)

Steps

Circle - Newlyn Reel Steps

Chain - Men's wheel, ladies star - skip step as for Phoebe or Cock in Britches step for the ambitious.
Fih Tin And Copper
Bar  
1-16 1:All couples in a circle, lady on man's right, all hands on nearest shoulders on either side. Four side steps right, kick across left foot.
  2:4 side steps left, drop arms, turn to partner, stamp
  3: Set to right, set to left, give right hand to partner, left hand to next and chain around to original position
17-32 4: Repeat 1 - 3
33-48 5: Wheel - men into centre facing anti-clockwise with left hand on left shoulder of man in front, right arm around lady's waist, lady's left arm on man's shoulder, dance around for 8 steps
  6: Star - Man turns lady into centre keeping arm around lady's waist to make ladies right hand star. All star clockwise for 8 and then reform circle. This is the complete dance but to fit the song the following as been added
  7: Repeat 1-4
  8: Repeat 5-6
  9: Finish with 1-4
The suggested tune for this dance is 'Fish, Tin and Copper' as it was the song originally used when choreographing the dance. Click for midi file of tune
 

 

Old Nick as he is wont to do

And in the kitchen might be seen

Went wandering up and down

A dame with knife in hand

To see what mischief he could brew

Who cut and slashed and chopped, I ween

He made for Lanson town

To make a pasty grand

 

Chorus

Chorus

 

For tis fish and tin and copper me boys

Good Morning Missus what is that

And Tre and Pol and Pen

Of all sorts is a daub

And one and all we may rejoice

There's beef and mutton, pork and fat

For we are Cornish Men

Potatoes leeks and squab

 

Chorus

 Across the Tamar he had come

 

Tho' you may think it's strange

A Cornish Pasty sure says she

And, having left his Devon home

And ef tha dissent mind

Tried Cornwall for a change

I soon shall start to cut up thee

Chorus

And put ee in you'll find

 

Chorus

Now, when to Lanson he drew near

 

A skipping oer the sod

In fear he turned and straight did flee

He spied a rustic cottage there

To cross the Tamar keen

With windows all abroad

And since that day in Cornwall

Chorus

He has never more been seen

 

Chorus

And in the kitchen might be seen

 

A dame with knife in hand

And in the kitchen might be seen

Who cut and slashed and chopped, I ween

A dame with knife in hand

To make a pasty grand

Who cut and slashed and chopped, I ween

Chorus

To make a pasty grand

 

Chorus

   
   
   
   
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