“Balance The Straw” ~ a ‘Fieldtown’ tune for Morris Dancing
As well as this version (Field Town), there are also versions originating from the villages of Ascot-under-Wychwood, Bledington and Brackley.
The other versions are all in 4/4 metre.
Why not add them to the database, for ‘balance’? ;-)
Thanks Mix, I’d also come across at least one of the 4/4 tunes that also holds this title. I think it was Bledington. A local slow session group has been playing this 6/8 version. The intention is to eventually have their take on it added here as well, and possibly one other transcription as well.
Well, Ceol, I have the dots of those other versions, so I certainly could transcribe the ABCs. But I wouldn’t be able to append them to this entry, as the metre is different. Presumably, I would have to create a new entry?
And in what tune category would I place them? They’re all 4/4, but I would hardly describe them as being reels.
Finally, I might also incur the wrath of the naysayers, who only want "pure-drop" ITM tunes posted to the site … :-(
.. although I suppose that I could always blame you - saying that you had requested them … ;-)
Yes, in the same mind, a separate entry is called for, 4/4, and there are similar tunes filed under ‘reel’. After all, ‘reel’ used to have a much wider meaning, and even in the modern sense there are many ‘types’ and tempos. Treat it as my request, for ‘balance’, so that both tune forms with the same title, both Morris dance tunes, have a presence on site here, for English sessions everywhere. ;-)
Please see …
… for 4/4 versions of the tune.
“Balance the Straw” ~ a few more YouTubes courtesy of Weejie
Anstey Morris Men ~ Anstey, Leicestershire, England
Lester Bailey & his squeeze ~
Nice one Lester Bailey, but gi’ us a smile! :-)