A slower reel from the playing of Dave Swarbrick.
Originally a Cotswold Morris Dance tune by the name "Highland Mary" The tunes collected from the villages of Bledington, Longborough and Oddington are very similar in their ‘A’ musics but not so in the ‘B’ musics. The village of Sherborne used a JIG by the same name for a dance called "Jockey to the Fair". The closest version of this tune, however, comes from the village of Bampton where it is the tune for a dance with a sequence in it which involves the whole side of six men moving together towards the musician (or head of the set) slightly bent towards the ground with sweeping low arm movements imitating the idea of shooing chickens. Some sides may do similar movements with the arms higher up and this has become known as ‘Prampushing’ . Both title of ‘Prampushing’ and ‘Chicken Chasing’ describe the DANCE and not the music.
Here is a version in G as played at the start of an English session at the Naval Volunteer, Bristol, England. The musicians were 1 two-row melodeon, 2 concertinas, and a fiddle. More musicians arrived later.
This version in G differs only in very minor aspects from that already posted here in A.
T: Highland Mary
G2AG FED2 | G2AB c2Bc | d2de dcBA | GABG D4 |
G2AG FED2 | G2AB c2Bc | d2de dcBA | G2F2 G4 :|
|: GABc d2d2 | edcB c2Bc | d2de dcBA | GABG D4 |
G2AG FED2 | G2AB c2Bc | d2de dcBA | G2F2 G4 :||
I’ve been told, on no good authority, that "Highland Mary" was a lady very popular with soldiers on both sides of the Civil War.