Adderbury Tune Bank

Having trouble with the tunes? Here they all are... well most of them, played by Stephen Wass on a Castagnari Nik (a two row melodeon or button key accordion in the keys of G and D). To save space I have mostly played just a single A and B, except where I have not! It's also my voice on the words plus cold, I don't think you'll catch it over the Internet but you never know, sit back a little if you down load them.

An important feature of Adderbury is the tradition of singing in some dances. Michael Pickering in his "Village Song and Culture" (Croom Helm 1982) pointed out the links between members of the nineteenth century team and organised singing groups in the village. Certainly some of the team's repertoire was drawn from popular music of the time. Sometimes, presumably when worn out, they would simply stand and sing a song with sticking in the chorus. One wonders if there were occasions when a musician was unavailable so the side got into the habit of working with song tunes everyone knew. Singing during the 'once to yourself', a walk round for the current team, certainly gets everyone in step and ready to operate at the same tempo.

Yet to be captured digitally is the jig "Jockey to the Fair".

The tunes are in roughly the same order as those listed in that excellent little booklet in the Morris Federation's workshop series, "The Adderbury Tradition"

Thanks to Ashely Yakeley of the MossyBack Morris Men who in an idle moment converted all the tunes to MP3 format and told me about iTunes.

Back to Adderbury Morris

Princess Royal

Handkerchief A(AABB)4

The Bell

Handkerchief A(AB3)4

Haste to the Wedding

Handkerchief A(AB)5

Black Joke

Handkerchief A(AB)6


Handkerchief A(AB)5

Stourton Wake

Handkerchief A(AB)5

Old Woman

Handkerchief A(AB)6

Betty Windsor*

Handkerchief A(AB)5


Handkerchief A(AB)5

Lollipop Man

Handkerchief A(AB3)4

The 17th May

Handkerchief A(AABBB)4

Constant Billy

Stick dance A(AB)6

Sweet Jenny Jones

Stick dance A(ABA)6

Lads a Bunchem

Stick dance A(AB)6


Stick dance A(AB)7

Roast Beef

Stick dance AA(AAB)6

Washing Day

Stick dance A(AB)5

Brighton Camp

Stick dance A(AB)6


Stick dance A(AB)6

Beaux of London City

Stick dance AA(AABB)6

Cobb's Horse*

Stick dance A(ABB)4

Cuckoo's Nest

Stick dance AA(AABB)4

Shepherds Away

Hand clap A(AABB)3A...

Anniversary Jig**

Handkerchief AA(AAB)4

Happy Man

Stick dance A(AB)3

Postman's Knock

Stick dance B(AB)2B

Le Halle Place**
Handkerchief A(AB)5
* Composed by Chris Leslie

** Composed and played by Chris Leslie