Title: Irish Barn Dances: The Old Blackguard & The Nova Scotia / Sailor's Hornpipe
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Posted by ceolachan 14 years ago. Re: The Nova Scotia Barn Dance. Played as ‘Mike’s barndance’ by Phoenix Dance Band on their album All fired up. (Stroud, Glos: Firebird Records, 2016). Also known as ‘All Star barn dance’ and ‘Nova Scotia polka’. X: 3 The Nova Scotia Barn Dance. down a step in G Major. Posted by ceolachan 4 months ago.
The roots of Irish dancing come from the Celts and the druids who roamed the island before the onset of Christianity and outside influences came along. Many of the druids’ religious rituals involved dancing, usually in a circular fashion around sacred trees. The Celts had their own folk dances with similar formations. This type of dancing was common around much of the European mainland at the time, and although it wasn’t really anything like what traditional Irish dancing became, remnants of the formations and patterns can be seen
By the 1760s, the distinctive hornpipe rhythm of the Irish dance tradition had developed, and with the introduction of the fiddle to Ireland from the European continent, a new class of "dancing master" began to emerge. The dancing traditions of Ireland probably grew in association with traditional Irish music. Although its origins are unclear, it was later influenced by dance forms from the Continent, especially the Quadrille. Old-style step dancing evolved in the late 18th and early 19th century from the dancing of travelling Irish dance masters. The dance masters slowly formalised and transformed both solo and social dances. Modern masters of old-style step dancing style can trace the lineage of their steps directly back to 18th century dancers. The Irish dance masters refined and codified indigenous Irish dance traditions. Rules emerged about proper upper body, arm, and foot placement.
The Sailor's Hornpipe was most popular during the 16th to 18th Centuries but the original (Hornpipe) goes much farther back and was originally done by men only. It is said that the English sailing ship and Royal Navy Captain James Cook (1728-1779) thought dancing was most useful to keep his men in good health during a voyage. When it was calm, and the sailors had consequently nothing to do, he made them dance -. usually the hornpipe - to the sound of a fiddle; and to this he attributed much freedom from illness on his ship.
The Irish have been part of Nova Scotia since Roger Casey arrived in the 1660s, married an Acadian and began the Caissy family. There were Irish at Louisbourg and at the founding of Halifax, and so many Irish were employed in the annual summer fishery along the province’s Atlantic coastline that the entire region was known to them for centuries as Talimh An Eisc (‘The Land of the Fish’). You can find the Irish among the first settlers in almost any community in this province – they’re everywhere! Most people connect Irish emigration to North America with the Potato Famine of the late 1840s
Print and download in PDF or MIDI The Rake Hornpipe. The score can be downloaded in the format of your preference: MuseScore.
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Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Label Code (Side A): 9-172-A
- Label Code (Side B): 9-172-B