Foul Weather Call reel

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Foul Weather Call has been added to 3 tune sets.

Foul Weather Call has been added to 24 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Foul Weather Call
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
gfed e2a2|gfed dcBA|d2A2 BcdB|g2f2 e4|
gfed e2a2|gfed dcBA|d2>A2 BcdG|F2E2D4:|
GFED A2A2|Bcde dcBA|d2A2 BcdB|g2f2 e4|
gfed e2a2|gfed dcBA|d2>A2 BcdG|F2E2 D4:|

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Foul Weather Call

From the manuscript book of the Welch family of Bosham, West Sussex, circa 1800. Published in The Sussex Tunebook, EFDSS, 1982.


This is not really a polka as it pre-dates the emergence of polkas in the European dance scene by around half a century. It’s not a hornpipe and it’s not a reel so the best category would be ‘country dance’, which doesn’t exist on the system.

Foul weather call

Bit of useless info:
When a storm was imminent, the foul weather call went out for the farm workers to batten down/cover up haystacks etc. for protection.

We had a similar call at home whenever thunder was heard - us kids had to run round collecting any scythes, rakes, hoes, shovels etc. that had been left outside so the ligntening didn’t strike them. I thought it was an old-wives tale until I saw it happen - the man scything in the thunderstorm was there one minute and gone the next.