T: Old Molly Oxford
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Also known as Old Moll Of Oxford.
There are 7 recordings of this tune.
Old Molly Oxford has been added to 4 tune sets.
Old Molly Oxford has been added to 43 tunebooks.
I was reminded of the tune from a version on Andy Cutting’s new solo CD, actually a morris tune rather than a reel of course. Strange and splendid.
There’s also a version in \http://www.themorrisring.org/more/Tunes/abc/Fieldtown.abc - but the version here is more digestible for session playing, being a simple A/B transcription.
Youtube link - Peter Trimming playing Old Molly Oxford on anglo concertina:
Just noticed - the tune is played in Cmaj in the above clip.
I don’t know whether it’s true or not, but I remember being told some years ago that "Old Molly Oxford" (or "Old Moll of Oxford") was a somewhat irreverent nickname for the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford.
("Moll"/"Molly" being diminutives of "Mary")
"Old Molly Oxford" goes well with "Old Tom of Oxford" - see in particular my comment
I’m sure this tune (correctly notated, btw) is actually Glorishears as played on John Kirkpatrick’s album "Plain Capers From The Cotswolds" which I think came out in the Seventies.
Glorishears is a Cotswold Morris tune; I don’t know how many town / village Morris sides it was traditionally associated with, or if other traditional versions of the tune are extant.
Great tune, anyway.
This tune is definitely Old Molly Oxford, as used for the Fieldtown Morris dance (which is commonly referred to as Step Back); I should know, I’ve danced it enough times! Fieldtown Glorishears is a completely different tune, in fact none of the Glorishears tunes bear much resembleance to this tune. On JK’s Plain Capers, Old Molly Oxford is track 3, whereas Glorishears is track 1.
… and here is Glorishears: