Dorsett's 4-Hand Reel

Dorsett's 4-Hand Reel is a fishermens' dance from Bridport, England, and was written down for publication and performance in 1955 or 1956. English step dancing is actually an early form of Appalachian-type flat-footing. Enthusiastic dancers included farm labourers, canal boatpeople, dock workers, hop pickers, Thames bargemen, wherrymen, Irish itinerants (canal, railway, road navvies), sailors, Romany 'gypsies', itinerant fisherfolk - especially from Scotland, miners (coal, tin, lead, etc.), and woollen or cotton mill workers. These people practiced their steps for the 4-hand reel at social dances, and they also enjoyed dancing to jigs, waltzes, polkas, hornpipes, or anything the local musicians could play.

Steve learned this tune from the first band in which he ever saw a hammered dulcimer player (Burr Beard was his name; Devilish Merry was the band's name) back in the 1970s. It is very lively, but not difficult.

Demonstration for Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-A-A Tuning



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