The Dashing White Sergeant polka

There are 21 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Rose Tree (lots of times), Tripping On The Mountain (lots of times), Breakdown (a few times), Caddam Woods (a few times) and The Girl I Left Behind Me (a few times).

The Dashing White Sergeant has been added to 20 tune sets.

The Dashing White Sergeant has been added to 141 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Dashing White Sergeant
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F3E|:DD D/E/F/G/|AF A f/e/|dB AF|BE EF/E/|
DD D/E/F/G/|AF Af|ed cB|A A/B/ A/G/F/E/|
DD D/E/F/G/|AF Af/e/|dB AF|BE EF/E/|
DD D/E/F/G/|AF Af|ed cB|A2 AE|
A A/B/ c/B/c/d/|ec AA|B B/c/ d/c/d/e/|fB BB|
cA dA|eA fA|gf ed|cB AA/G/|Fd d/c/d/e/|
dA AA|Be e/d/e/f/|eB B B|Ad d/c/d/e/|
fd d/c/d/e/|f2 a2|1dc/B/ A/G/F/E/:|2 d4 ||
X: 2
T: The Dashing White Sergeant
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
A/G/|:FF/G/ F/G/A/B/|c/B/c/d/ ca/g/|~fdcA|dG G/B/A/G/|FF/G/ F/G/A/B/|
c/B/c/d/ ca|gfed|1 cc/d/ c/B/A/G/:|2 c2z||C|cc/d/ c/d/e/f/|g/a/g/e/ c>e|
dd/e/ d/e/f/g/|a/b/a/f/ dd/d/|ec/c/ fc/c/|gc/c/ ag/a/|bagf|ed c/B/A/G/|
F>f f/e/f/g/|fcc>f|dg g/f/g/a/|gdd>~f|c>f f/e/f/g/|az c’>e|fe/d/ c/B/A/G/||
X: 3
T: The Dashing White Sergeant
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F/E/ | DD D/E/F/G/ | AA Af/e/ | dB AF | BE E/G/F/E/ |
DD D/E/F/G/ | AA Af | ed cB |AA/B/ A/G/F/E/ |
DD D/E/F/G/| AA Af/e/| dB AF|BE E/G/F/E/ |
DD D/E/F/G/ | AA Af | ed cB | A2 AE |]
AA/B/ cc/d/ |ee/c/ AA | BB/c/ dd/e/ |f/g/f/d/ BB |
cA dA | eA fA | gf ed | cB AG |
Fd d/c/d/e/ | dA AA | Be e/d/e/f/ | eB Bd |
Ad d/c/d/e/ | fd d/c/d/e/ | f2 a2 | d3 |]
X: 4
T: The Dashing White Sergeant
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F>E |: DD D/E/F/G/ | AA Af/e/ | dB AF | BE E/G/F/E/ |
DD D/E/F/G/ | AA A>f | e>d cB|1 AA/B/ A/G/F/E/ :|2A2 AE ||
AA/B/ cc/d/ |ee/c/ A2 | BB/c/ dd/e/ |f/g/f/d/ B2 |
cA/A/ dA/A/ | eA/A/ fA/A/ | gf ed | cB AG |
Fd d/c/d/e/ | dA A2| Be e/d/e/f/ | eB Bd|
Ad d/c/d/e/ | fd d/c/d/e/ | f2 a2 | d4 |]

Eleven comments

The Dashing White Sergeant

I’m surprised this tune hasn’t gone in already, unless it’s done so under another name.

The Dashing White Sergeant

From the Athole Collection in F, via the fiddler’s companion website:

X:1
T:Dashing White Sergeant
M:2/4
L:1/8
R:Country Dances
B:Stewart-Robertson – The Athole Collection (1884)
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion
K:F
A/G/|:FF/G/ F/G/A/B/|c/B/c/d/ ca/g/|~fdcA|dG G/B/A/G/|FF/G/ F/G/A/B/|
c/B/c/d/ ca|gfed|1 cc/d/ c/B/A/G/:|2 c2z||C|cc/d/ c/d/e/f/|g/a/g/e/ c>e|
dd/e/ d/e/f/g/|a/b/a/f/ dd/d/|ec/c/ fc/c/|gc/c/ ag/a/|bagf|ed c/B/A/G/|
F>f f/e/f/g/|fcc>f|dg g/f/g/a/|gdd>~f|c>f f/e/f/g/|az c’>e|fe/d/ c/B/A/G/||

I like the version by The Kipper Family,The Dashing White Privates.

The Dashing W S

This was a great favourite of my mother’s (Rose O’Connor) and I believe ti was a popular tune in the dance halls where she played in the 50’s.
I think there was a specific dance to go with it. Alas and alack all lost now.


Peter

Peter - The Dashing White Sergeant is alive and well and danced at Scottish Ceilidhs the world over. It’s part of the Scottish Country Dance repertoire and dates back considerably further than the 1950s (18th or 19th Century).

In fact, I danced the DWS with my wife and somebody else’s wife making the required threesome at a ceilidh just a couple of weeks ago. By eck! But when you’re ‘piggy in the middle’ you get a right good work out! Ooh me ‘eart (Nurse! where’s my pills?)

Dashing White Sergeant - Lyrics

Now the fiddler’s ready, let us all begin
So step it out and step it in
To the merry music of the violin
We’ll dance the hours away.
Katie and Peggy and Patsy and Paul,
Callum and Peter and Flora and Moll,
Dance, dance, dance,dance, dance away the hours together!
Dance till dawn be in the sky,
What care you and what care I?
Hearts a-beating, spirits high,
We’ll dance, dance, dance!

(The "A" part not repeated for the song)

The Dashing White Sergeant, X:3

Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol, UK.

Dashing White Sergeant

Usually scored 4/4 metre.

Re: The Dashing White Sergeant

Hard to believe the comment from Peter O’Connor 10 years ago, when it is absolutely a core dance of any Scottish ceilidh! ( Sometimes even have another set with different middle tunes in the second half of same ceilidh, if that’s what they want.)

Re: The Dashing White Sergeant

Well, Mix, it IS usually written as 4/4 but strictly speaking it should be 2/2 as there are only 2 beats in the bar (try clapping along to it). Written as above in 2/4 is actually more correct than 4/4.