Glorishears polka

Also known as Leapfrog.

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

Glorishears has been added to 6 tunebooks.

Download ABC

Two settings

X: 1
T: Glorishears
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D |G>G GA | G2 DC | B,>C DE | D2 DD |
G>G GA | G2 D2 | B,>C DE | D2- D2 |
G>G GA | G2 G2 | F>G AB | A2- A2 |
G/A/B/A/ Gd/c/ | BA G ||
|: d/c/ |BB/A/ B/c/d/B/ | cA A/B/c | BB/A/ GB | A/G/F/E/ D2 |
GF/E/ DG | AG/F/ GA | BA/G/ F/G/A/F/ |[1 G2- G :|[2 G2 G |]
X: 2
T: Glorishears
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D |G>G GA | .Gz D2 | B,>C DE | .Dz DD |
G>G GA | .Gz D2 | B,>C DE | .Dz D-D |
G>G GA | .Gz G2 | F>G AB | .Az A2 |
G/A/B/A/ Gd/c/ | BA G ||
|: d/c/ |BB/A/ B/c/d/B/ | cA A>c | BB/A/ GB | A/G/F/E/ D2 |
GF/E/ DG | AG/F/ G>A | BA/G/ F/G/A/F/ | G2-G :|

Five comments

“Glorishears” ~ from the playing of John Kirkpatrick

"John Kirkpatrick & Friends: Plain Capers: Morris Dance Tunes from the Cotswolds"
https://thesession.org/recordings/4557

The 1st track: "Glorishears"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUrt21ehWNM


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
http://www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk/

X: 2 ~ 4/4 or 2/2

~ as some people like to notate it…

“Glorishears” ~ Bledington

Lester Bailey - Melodeon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkaR4GT2pzk


& the dance ~

Oakham, Travelling Morrice 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXa98MNSjhs


2008 ATM, 8/22, Pleasantville RR station - American Travelling Morrice Tour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXeJ7ak80wg


Gloucestershire Morris Men
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFJ4Vibgur8


Ramsey’s Braggarts, of St. Paul, Minnesota
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTgQWHrNe54

For Nick & co…

From http://mainlynorfolk.info/john.kirkpatrick/songs/glorishears.html

"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…”"