T: The Stow Quickstep
|: ABA ABA | A2 d f3 | fed cde | d2 f A3 |
ABA ABA | A2 d f3 | agf edc | d3 d3 :|
|: efe efe | e2 a c3 | BcB BcB | A2 c e3 |
efe efe | e2 a c3 | B2 B BcB | A3 A3 :|
The Stow Quickstep has been added to 1 tune set.
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A tune that I heard played at a pub session in Bristol (UK) yesterday evening.
It’s quite simple, but it does have the interest of a change from D-Maj in the first part to A-Maj in the second part.
As to its origin, I don’t know - but I would guess that it’s probably English. Possibly from Stow-on-the-Wold in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. However, there are several other villages in England beginning with the word "Stow" - and there is also a village of that name in Scotland.
Originally in C major with the first part starting on a G (so you don’t need any accidentals in the key signature 🙂. The tune is called ‘Quickstep Morris Dance’ and was collected by Cecil Sharp from John Mason of Icomb, Gloucestershire on 10th August 1909, when Mason was in Stow-on-the-Wold workhouse. Mason had played for the Sherborne Morris Dancers and he seems to have used this tune for one of their dances. Dave Townsend named it ‘Stow Quickstep’ in his ’English Country Dances’ book and when Mike Raven stole that book’s contents for his ‘1001 English Country Dances’ the tune title persisted. Sharp possibly only collected it because Mason claimed it was used for Morris dancing - Sharp had only a short time previously published his belief that any tune which changed key could not be a folk tune!