The six hand reel recorded below is a working example of the 'folk process' in action. Roger Harrison had seen this version called the ‘Cornish Six’ called at Barn Dances and folk dance clubs throughout Britain as well as in Cornwall. He first saw it called at the Wadebridge Folk Weekend in the mid seventies. It was sometimes called 'the Cornish Way' an interesting pun as the Cornish for six is 'Hwegh'. A number of attempts were made to track down its source but met with no success, until a chance meeting with John Searle, a folk dance caller living just outside Truro, provided the answer. He had composed the dance in the fifties and noted with interest the different variations as they returned to him!
A “six hand reel” appears several times in the records of Cornish dance but never with any detail. It was noted by Sharp from Mr Luke in connection with the Grampound furry dance in 1913, the recorder of Looe Old Cornwall Society identified it as one of the dances performed at the West Looe May fair and there is a reference in the Cornish Magazine to six hand reels and other old fashioned dances being done until the fiddler was unable to hold his bow by the end of the evening.