Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Dance: The Snail Creep
When this dance was revived as part of the Rescorla Project and performed at a Tea Treat held in Wheal Martyn Visitors Centre in September 2007. A group of local musicians came together to form the processional band some of whom could remember watching their families taking part in the Snail Creep as small children in the 1930s. One member of the band, Mike Jenkin could remember his father, who came from Rescorla, playing the Snail Creep as remembered by a Mrs Harris. He also explained that “Tavern in the Town” was used as part of the set of tunes. Although first published in America in the 1880s “Tavern in the Town“ has a reputation for being associated with Cornwall which probably reflects the Duchy’s close ties with America resulting from the mining industry and late 19th Century migration.
Formation:Couples hand in hand, two by two in a line or “more closely linked in the case of engaged couples.
Steps Traditionally a brisk walk as far as practical in a field or wherever the dance is being performed. To add interest when the Snail Creep is used for Cornish Barn Dances / Troyls some dance groups add a simple 1,2,3, hop furry dance step but the full effect of this dance is only felt when performed by large numbers of people outside where steps are not really practical Rescorla_Snail _Creep
   
Movement
The dance is led by two people, traditionally with leafy boughs looking like the 'horns' of a snail, followed by the band and then the dancers. They process in a spiral and turn about at the centre and back on themselves in a counter movement, the dancers appearing to move in opposite directions.
   
Tune: Snail Creep As transcribed by Mike O’Connor from the playing of Mrs Jean Harris in 2008 Midi
   
   
   
   
   
   
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