Come Let Us Dance and Sing
This is the 3rd tune in a medley with J.B. Milne and Hey! Johnnie Cope in Barbara McOwen’s Leaves of Cabbage, a tune book for Scottish country dancing.
She lists her source as Kerr’s Violin #1. She also uses it as a polka in the polka/shottish/waltz section at the back of the book.
Barbara is good at putting medleys together, and this set is fun. But as a lone tune, not my favorite. However, when I was a rookie playing for Scottish country dancing, and therefore looking for tunes I could play well at dance speeds for the dancers’ sake, this one was a good choice.
Come Dance and Sing
You can play it as a polka if you want but of course its a rant - nand one of the best one’s for dancing as well. Much better than Morpeth Rant, Ceviot Rant or Salmon Tails. It Alastair Andersons favourite tune and one that the |Angels of the North use whenevr we want to get asluggish audience bobbing.
One of the great things about this architypically North-eastern tune is that I learnt it from a tape of a US hammer-dulcimer lead old time string band!
Come Let Us Dance And Sing, X:2
Heard this on NPR years ago and popped in a cassette. It was in a set preceded by Star of the County Down and June Apple played on a hammered dulcimer. Been playing the tunes for years. Took years to stumble across the tunes elsewhere to obtain their titles. The dulcimer played the 16ths with a lilt (a swing of 2 to 1) at a brisk tempo. Later I found it titled Come Dance and Sing in a collection of New England contra dance tunes.
Re: Come Let Us Dance And Sing
One of those tunes that’s popular across the British Isles, often with nonsense words attached. The Cornish version, also known as the Three Hand Reel starts:
"Some say the devil’s dead and buried in Fowey harbour
Some say he’s alive again and ‘prenticed to a barber"
I believe the Irish version names Killarney as the place of satanic incarceration.
… and familiar to those of who grew up with ‘Listen with mother’ as ‘Have you seen the muffin man?’