“Glorishears” ~ from the playing of John Kirkpatrick
1. ) Glorishears (Bledington)
The splendid word "Glorishears" must be an old name for "Leapfrog". This is one of a couple of morris dances that have the name. In the A music the team walks round in a circle and each man takes a solo turn as he reaches the top - bow, half caper, full caper, and finally leapfrog. The music accompanying this part of the dance is obviously designed for slow capers, but the corresponding quick version of it is not known. Other versions survived at Headington, where a similar tune was used, and Field Town, with a totally different 6/8 tune, but it seems reasonable to suppose that most (Morris Dance) traditions would have had a leapfrog dance.
~ John Kirkpatrick
X: 2 ~ 4/4 or 2/2
~ as some people like to notate it…
“Glorishears” ~ Bledington
Lester Bailey - Melodeon
& the dance ~
Oakham, Travelling Morrice 2010
2008 ATM, 8/22, Pleasantville RR station - American Travelling Morrice Tour
Gloucestershire Morris Men
Ramsey’s Braggarts, of St. Paul, Minnesota
For Nick & co…
"Alistair Banfield, who performs Glorishears with Ashdown Forest Morris Men, comments on the name of the dance:
Glorishears is actually a corruption of “Glorious Years” which if said quickly, becomes Glorishears. It is said to have been performed to honour the jubilee of Queen Victoria (not sure which jubilee) and thus to celebrate “…the glorious years of the reign of our Queen…”"