Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Dance: Plethen Lulynn / Newlyn Reel

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".

Formation: Couples in a circle, lady on the gentleman’s right. Arms outstretched and resting on the nearest shoulder of the dancer on either side.
Steps The step is a lively right foot and close left three times then right foot to right and kick left foot across. Repeat to left reversing rights and lefts Newlyn_Reel
   
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1-16 All Step to right and left twice
17-24 Ladies advance, clap and retire
25-32 Gentlemen advance raise right hand fist and shout “hoy” and retire all turn to face partner
33-40 All set right and left, turn 180 degrees to face a new partner
42-48 All step right and left and turn to face original partner.
49-56 All step right and left, turn to face new partner
57-64 All step right and left ( as the ladies step left they move on slightly forward to pass their new partner, so that they will be on their partners right hand side when the circle reforms).
The circle has now reformed, the ladies having moved on one place. The dance is repeated as often as desired with the music gradually getting faster.
Newlyn Reel. The tune is played twice to complete the dance, as originally collected the tune was first played in a more staccato style and more flowing in the second. Some Cornish groups introduce a second tune for variety’s sake such as An Ahwesydh (The lark) , or Delyow Sevi (Strawberry Leaves), which are modally sympathetic to the Newlyn Reel and can be arranged as two 16 bar phrases. Newlyn Reel / Plethen Lulynn (Trad)
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