Dancing On

Dancing On
The Compleat Dancing Master
The Beginning of the World (1:45)
The Romaunt of the Rose (1:19)
Stantipes / Trotto (4:31)
Histriomastix (1:19)
Nonesuch / Cuckolds All Awry (2:35)
The Dashing White Sergeant/The Devil among the Tailors (3:56)
Much Ado About Nothing (0:24)
Haste to the Wedding / The Triumph / Off She Goes (6:32)
Analysis of Beauty (1:40)
Long Odds / Mr. Cosgill's Delight (2:13)
Sketches by Boz (2:35)
Bonny Breastknot / Double Lead Through (2:40)
Barley Break / Cushion Dance (2:08)
Orchesographie (1:55)
The Hare's Maggot (2:42)
Sir Roger De Coverley (3:11)
A Little Music or The Delights of Harmony
Dancing Off

Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.

Inwhich We Re-Introduce Ourselves To A Couple Of Familiar Faces

Ashley Hutchings

Yes indeed it is
Ashley Hutchings and John Kirkpatrick, we've met them both before, as those of you who have kept up with the doings of the albionchronicles will already know, and Ashley and John's paths have crossed numerous times in the passing years, none to fuller effect than on that seminal album by the
Albion Country Band, The Battle of the Field, a link to our website concerning the said album can be found, as usual, to your right. Then there is this amazing piece of work. The Compleat Dancing Master, the title taken from John Playford's works on the art of the dance

John Playford published a new book called The English Dancing Master in London in 1651. This volume contained the figures and the tunes for 105 English country dances, the first printing of these group social dances that were to dominate Western ballrooms for the next 150 years. The book appeared at a time of great upheaval in England. Civil disorder and natural disasters forced city residents to seek refuge on remote country estates; expanding trade and emigrations to distant lands carried Englishmen far from their homeland. Both phenomena affected the social life of the upper classes for whom these dances were a satisfying vehicle for leisure time recreation.
Playford’s slim volume sold quickly and he issued a second edition with nine additional dances the next year. Two editions of a third appeared in 1657 and 1665. He dropped the term “English” in the second edition and thereafter the books were simply called The Dancing Master. The books evidently filled a real need in Englishmen's lives and copies were very likely carried or shipped to country homes and colonial outposts as soon as they appeared in Playford’s shop. The series eventually grew to eighteen editions of the first volume (1651–1728), four of a second (1710–1728), and two of a third (1719?–1726?) and long out-lived its originator. The three volumes eventually encompassed 1,053 unique dances and their music. Many were copied from one edition to the next so that the entire contents, with duplicates, amounts to 6,217 dances, including 186 tunes without dances and 3 songs, which were Dunmore Kate, Mr. Lane's Magot, and The Quakers Dance

John Kirkpatrick

Steeleye Span:
the Ashley Hutchings Years

a country tapestry

our celebration of
the finest album ever
 the one that started it all

the sights, the sounds'
the time and place
and the Ridgeriders Band

the album

a celebration of the tree
and its off-spring

our  record of the end of an era
based on the Albion Country Band

Morris On, the son, the grandson
and the great grandson.our look
at the Morrison On family

the album

nature and human nature.
what's your relationship?
our website combination of
the Human Nature and
The Wild Side Of Town albums

the season seen through
different eyes and from
different points of view.
our celebration of the season
with AH and the folks

the compleat dancing master website
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