Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Dance:Turkey Rhubarb
This dance was recalled by Mrs Bowden who was born in Madron and came from a long family line of blacksmiths called Jenkin in the village. She described how her grandfather, Edwin Jenkin, took part in the Geeze Dancing for which Turkey Rhubarb formed the finale, some 45 years earlier. This was associated with a guising procession and Cornish droll/ play, which took place at Christmas. The play was handed down from father to child in the Jenkin family, music was provided by the concertina which was referred to as a `cordial` for some reason. In Edwin Jenkin’s day this dance was performed in heavy shoes fitted with scoots.
Formation:Couples in circle around room
Steps   Turkey_Rhubarb
a One step with outside foot, close up with other, and hop on it whilst making small kick with first foot
b Beginning with outside foot take three steps and point free foot ( the next step commences by stepping onto pointed foot).
Hold Ballroom facing direction of dance
Bars  
A  
1-4 Three a) steps then step onto outside foot, change direction and point new outside foot. Feet can be brought down fairly hard
5-8 Repeat in new direction
9-16 Repeat 1 8
B  
17-32 Couples travel around the room/circle using step b) whilst revolving on their own axis as in ballroom dancing.
Tune: Turkey Rhubarb Midi
   
    Midi
   
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