Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Dance: Grampound Furry Dance

Cecil Sharp collected information about the Grampound Furry during his visit to Cornwall in May 1913 but was unable to stay for the actual dance. His informants were a Mr Phillip Luke (aged 82), his son, and a lady called Mary Goodman (aged86).

 

Phillip Luke and Mary Goodman described the dance much as it was done in Helston except that the couples held hands crossed in front of them as they danced forward. They also explained that the procession would stop every so often and the dancers would reform in a ring, going first clockwise then anticlockwise around the circle. Whilst doing this some dancers would perform another figure in the middle of the circle such as a six hand reel alternatively, sometimes the band would play in the middle. The Grampound Furry took place on Whit Tuesday
Grampound  Furry
   
Tune: Grampound Furry (a variant of the Helston Furry)  
   
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