Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Dance: North Cornwall Furry
Sheila Buse remembered doing this dance as a child in the 1930s in Bude, She commented that it was still a progressive dance when she was a child but has since lost this feature. Mary Davey also remembered doing this dance at school between the wars and there is film footage of this dance being done in Looe in the 1920s. This dance is an integral part of Bodmin’s Riding Day celebrations which take place on the first Saturday in July and it has also become a tradition to dance it through the towns streets on St Pirans Day , March 5th.
Formation: Processional dance for two couples in a line and as many sets as will.
Steps The step is a ‘one ,two, three, hop. Bodmin_Riding
   
Bars  
1-8 Couples take eight steps forward all moving in same direction.
9-12 All right hand star
13-16 All left hand star
Repeat as often as wished
   
Tune: Bodmin Riding is the tune used for the North Cornwall Furry when danced as part of the Riding Day procession. Historically variations on the Helston Furry were also used in North Cornwall.
  Bodmin Riding (Trad)
  Midi
   
     
     
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