Dancing The Baby barndance

Also known as Rocking The Baby.

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

Dancing The Baby has been added to 2 tune sets.

Dancing The Baby has been added to 57 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Dancing The Baby
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FA/2A/2 GA/2A/2 FA/2A/2 G/2F/2E|FA/2A/2 GA/2A/2 DD/2E/2 F/2E/2D|
FA/2A/2 GA/2A/2 FA/2A/2 G/2F/2E|DD/2F/2 EE/2E/2 DD/2D/2 DD/2D/2:|
|:dF/2F/2 AF/2F/2 dF/2F/2 G/2F/2E|dF/2F/2 AF/2F/2 DD/2E/2 F/2E/2D|
dF/2F/2 AF/2F/2 dF/2F/2 G/2F/2E|DD/2F/2 EE/2E/2 DD/2D/2 DD/2D/2:|
|:fa/2a/2 ga/2a/2 fa/2a/2 g/2f/2e|fa/2a/2 g/2b/2a/2g/2 f/2e/2d c/2A/2A|
fa/2a/2 ga/2a/2 fa/2a/2 g/2f/2e|df/2d/2 e/2c/2A d/2d/2d d/2d/2d:||
X: 2
T: Dancing The Baby
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:Bddd cddd|BddB cB A2|Bddd cddB|(3GGG GA BA G2|
Bddd cddd|BddB cB A2|G2 GB AGAB|1G2 GFG G2 GA:|2G2 GF G2 de||:
gdBd edBd|gdBd cBAd|gdBd edBA|GABc defd|
gdBd edBd|gdBd cBAB|(3GGG GB AGAB|1G2 GF G2 de:|2G2 GF G2 GA||:
Bddd cddd|BddB AG F2|BddB cedc| BA G2 FE D2|
Bddd cddd|BddB AG F2|(3GGG GB AGAB|1G2 GF G2GA:|2G2 GF G2 de||:
gdBd edBd|gdBd cBAd|gdBd edBB|B2_B2 A4|
gdBd edBd|gdBd cBAB|(3GGG GB AGAB|1G2 GF G2de:|2G2 FG G2GA||
X: 3
T: Dancing The Baby
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: cee dee | cee dcB | cee dee | (3AAA A cBA |
cee dee | cee dcB | (3AAA c BcB | A (3cBA AAA :|
|: acc ecc | acc ecc | acc ecc | (3AAA A cBA |
acc ecc | acc ecc | (3AAA c BcB | A (3cBA AAA :|
X: 4
T: Dancing The Baby
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FAAA GAAA | FAAA GFED | FAAA GAAA | FADE FEDE |
FAAA GAAA | FAAA GFED | DFFF DFEF | DAGA D4 ||
DFFF AFFF | DFFF GFEC | DFFF AFFF | DADF AFEF |
DFFF AFFF | DFFF GFEC | DFFF DFEF | DAGA D4 ||
# Added by Jesse .
X: 5
T: Dancing The Baby
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FA/2A/2 GA/2A/2 FA/2A/2 G/2F/2E|FA/2A/2 GA/2A/2 DD/2E/2 F/2E/2D|
FA/2A/2 GA/2A/2 FA/2A/2 G/2F/2E|DD/2F/2 E3F D2 D2:||
|:dF/2F/2 AF/2F/2 dF/2F/2 G/2F/2E|dF/2F/2 AF/2F/2 DD/2E/2 F/2E/2D|
dF/2F/2 AF/2F/2 dF/2F/2 G/2F/2E|DD/2F/2 E3F D2 D2:||
|:fa/2a/2 ga/2a/2 fa/2a/2 g/2f/2e|fa/2a/2 ga/2a/2 dd/2e/2 f/2e/2d|
fa/2a/2 ga/2a/2 fa/2a/2 g/2f/2e|dd/2f/2 e3f d2 d2:||
# Added by JACKB .

Nine comments

Dancing the Baby

Found this in O’Neill, but you won’t find it in all editions. I have no further information about its origins. Although it’s a Barndance, and it’s most effective played that way, it can also be played as a 3-part jig.
"Dancing the Baby" is one of the few tunes in my opinion which has a title relevant to the character of the tune ("Over the Ocean" is another one). Never heard it played in a session, although I did play it once, to a respectful silence :-)
If nothing else it’s not a bad bowing exercise for the fiddler - note the little trap in the 3rd bar of the 3rd part.

m

Sorry, I should have said the trap is in the 2nd beat of the 2nd bar of the 3rd part! I misread my ABC printout.

m

This is the polka setting.

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Dancing The Baby

Here’s another version from Hedgehog Pie

|:Bddd cddd|BddB cB A2|Bddd cddB|(3GGG GA BA G2|
Bddd cddd|BddB cB A2|G2 GB AGAB|1G2 GFG G2 GA:|2G2 GF G2 de||:
gdBd edBd|gdBd cBAd|gdBd edBA|GABc defd|
gdBd edBd|gdBd cBAB|(3GGG GB AGAB|1G2 GF G2 de:|2G2 GF G2 GA||:
Bddd cddd|BddB AG F2|BddB cedc| BA G2 FE D2|
Bddd cddd|BddB AG F2|(3GGG GB AGAB|1G2 GF G2GA:|2G2 GF G2 de||:
gdBd edBd|gdBd cBAd|gdBd edBB|B2_B2 A4|
gdBd edBd|gdBd cBAB|(3GGG GB AGAB|1G2 GF G2de:|2G2 FG G2GA||

On One At A Time John Sketon reckons it is a Scottish tune in origin. He has heard it played as a reel by Shetland fiddlers and as a pipe jig. He plays it as a flute reel.

Jig Version

X:1
T:Rocking the Cradle
S: Colm O’Rua. Workshop. Skye 2003
N: Colm got it from Allan MacDonald
N: Clearly related to barndance https://thesession.org/tunes/1088
N: And a version of Old Man Rocking the Cradle
N: from O’Neill’s ‘Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody’
N: Colm used it to get people thinking about different triplet constructions
N: Hence the use of triplets in this setting
M:6/8
R:Jig
K:D
|: cee dee | cee dcB | cee dee | (3AAA A cBA |
cee dee | cee dcB | (3AAA c BcB | A (3cBA AAA :|
|: acc ecc | acc ecc | acc ecc | (3AAA A cBA |
acc ecc | acc ecc | (3AAA c BcB | A (3cBA AAA :|

Re: Dancing The Baby

Certain to be Scottish. Appears in one of the Scottish Ceilidh Books. Last time I heard it was as played by a whole lot of young pupils doing a "special" at the Picky Centre, Kirkwall, Orkney.

Re: Dancing The Baby

We play it in A but as a jig, as in X1 above, so lop one quaver off each group of 4 in the version at the top of the page: part of a Strip the Willow set we play. Incidentally can be played entirely on the "pull" on B/C accordion….until you reach max stretch, when you might have to put in a "push" E now and then!

Re: Dancing The Baby

Delightful tune for a rainy Saturday afternoon! Thank you :-)

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