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No banjo - but this is my Christmas card for 2013. The contra dance called "Sir Roger De Coverly" and the three part slip jig it's danced to, have many Christmas associations for m...

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Comment by Wes Merchant on December 20, 2013 at 3:54pm
And a Merry Christmas to you too Ian! Well played! I've seen Sir Roger given as the tune to the Virginia reel in some of the old books though I've never played it for that dance. I do remember the first time I played for a Virginia reel the set was way to big and and the dance seemed to go on for two hours.
Comment by Strumelia on December 20, 2013 at 4:12pm

I really enjoyed this so much, Ian!  I'll think of it when I go to a holiday double contra dance tomorrow night in Massachusetts...  :)

Comment by Ian Bell on December 20, 2013 at 4:28pm
The Virginia Reel is almost exactly the same dance - just done to a reel instead of the older 9/8 tune. I don't know where or when the morph might have happened (Virginia I guess!) You're right - They do seem to go on forever. At least it's easier to switch tunes for the Virginia Reel - I don't know many other three-part slip jigs!
Comment by Mark Weems on December 20, 2013 at 7:11pm

great video Ian!

Comment by Paul Draper on December 20, 2013 at 8:03pm
Nice Ian. Merry Christmas!
Comment by Al Smitley on December 21, 2013 at 11:49am

I hope you can make it to Antietam next year!

Comment by Ian Bell on December 21, 2013 at 12:40pm
I hope so too - It's been a few years. Now that I'm no longer working for the man (or at least the Norfolk County Heritage & Culture Division) my time is a little more flexible. It would be great too see some of the old friends and meet all the new ones.
Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on December 22, 2013 at 12:11am

Thanks for sharing Ian, very cool. Where can I find the sheet music for this tune?

Comment by Al Smitley on December 22, 2013 at 7:41am

This one is from Ryan's.

Comment by Al Smitley on December 22, 2013 at 7:45am

I just played through the Ryan version and it might not be exactly as Ian played it.  It was very popular prior to the mid-19th C but I don't know if I've ever seen two the same.  I think they all fit together, however.

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