The Newlyn Reel is one of the most popular Cornish dances and was introduced to the Cornish dance community by Mrs Esme Francis, the Honorary Harpist for the Cornish Gorsedh:
"A neighbour of mine, farmer John Williams, who lived at Boscreggan Farm, Nanquido, described the Newlyn Reel Dance to me in 1971. He remembered travelling to Newlyn on a horse and cart when he was a child and seeing it danced by the fishermen there. This would have been the early 1900s. He would bring forth the tune in his gruff voice, and demonstrate the steps as he remembered them".