Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Dance: Tobacco Roll

Mrs Bill Glanville, St Columb Old Cornwall Society, provided the description of this dance given below.

There is a similar description in Margaret Courtney,s Cornish Feasts and Folklore (1898) p39: "They join hands in one long line, the taller children at the head. The first child stands still, whilst the others in ever-narrowing circles dance around singing, until they are coiled into a tight mass. The outer coil then wheels sharply in a contrary direction, followed by the remainder retracing their steps."

Formation: Dancers join hands in a line
Steps Skip or step (depending upon the chosen tune or song) Tom_Bawcocks
   
1 The first dancer stands still whilst the others dance around the stationary dancer , each dancer becoming stationary in turn as a consequence.
2 When they are wound tightly around the process is reversed. The lead dancer now turns sharply back on themselves and (following the line of the circle tightly) unwinds the coil.
3 Then the dance is repeated with the previous lead dancer now becoming stationary and the original stationary dancer becoming the lead.
Tune: Tom Bawcocks Eve Any lively tune or song but suggested here is an arrangement of Tom Bawcocks Eve which was known to Robert Morton Nance as a Wedding March and used by him in the reconstruction of Tom Bawcock’s Eve . Midi
   
   
   
   
   
   
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