Circus Dance


This tune appears in 19th century British manuscripts as Mrs. Gayton's Hornpipe and Cameron's Favourite (Lancashire) Clog The latter in the key of F

John Buttrey was a military musician in the Brititsh army who seems to have settled in the Peterborough area. His massive manuscript (close to 1000 tunes) dates roughly from the time of the Napoleonic Wars 1790s -1815. The book contains military "duty tunes", marches, song tunes and dance music. There is a great deal of crossover in all these categories. This manuscript represents a remarkable "sound sample" of the music that might have been heard in any garrison town in Upper Canada, where the musicians who played for the soldiers' parade were often the same ones playing for the Saturday night dance and the Sunday morning church service.


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Title Circus Dance
Subject John Buttrey Manuscript Reels, Hornpipes, Strathspeys, Marches
Year 1800
Locale Southwestern
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