Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Dance: Newquay Heva
During the inter-war period a furry dance was used in Newquay to celebrate the midsummer Golowan festival which processed from the School in Crantock Street to Pentire Headland where the bonfires were lit. The version of the dance used was that now called North Cornwall Furry. After the war in 1946 , the tradition was re-introduced and became one of the of the summer season tourist attractions. In 1961 the organisers of the event felt that Newquay should have its own furry dance and song. Mr H Whipps of St Mawgan was commissioned to write the music along traditional lines. Nigel Tangye of Glendorgal, Porth, composed the words using local memories of older traditions in Newquay . Miss Rowland’s class of nine year olds at Crantock Street School composed the dance using elements of traditional choreography.
Formation:Couples in a processional formation (two couples to each set).
Hold Gentleman reaches behind the lady to hold her right hand in his right hand at shoulder height. At the same time he holds her left hand in his left hand in front at waist height. Heva
Steps 'One, two, three hop' step throughout.
Bars  
1-4 All moving in the same direction take four steps forward. All turn to face in the opposite direction (without letting go of hands) on the final hop.
5-8 Continue to travel in the same direction taking four steps backwards. On the final hop face the other couple in the set (i.e. Second couple in each set will turn).
9-12 Let go of hands. All take one step into the centre and clap, then one step back and repeat.
13-16 Swing partners with arms crossed, right arms over left. By swinging in this way, it is possible for the man simply to lift his right hand over the lady’s head, again without couples needing to let go of hands.
Repeat as often as wished
Tune:Heva Midi file
   
   
   
     
     
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