‘The Month of May’ is a well-known tune, in various versions – both as a country dance and a morris tune. Here it’s played as a country dance, but is basically the tune from the Brackley, Northampton morris tradition.
I think I first heard ‘Spirit of the Dance’ on the Old Hat Dance Band CD. It’s from Thomas Hardy’s family MSS. I don’t normally play it on melodeon, but it seemed to fit nicely – musically and thematically – with the previous tune. Played on concertina, with full band, and a whole host of guests including John Spiers, Jackie Oates and Paul Sartin, ‘Spirit of the Dance’ provides the finale to the forthcoming Magpie Lane CD Three Quarter Time. Details here as soon as the record is available.
Month of May / Spirit of the Dance
Played on a Hohner four-stop one-row melodeon in C