T: Foul Weather Call
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:|
There are 3 recordings of this tune.
Foul Weather Call has been added to 2 tune sets.
Foul Weather Call has been added to 18 tunebooks.
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.
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.