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Bampton

Known as Bampton-in-the-Bush to Sharp.

A village in Oxfordshire and a well known Cotswold Morris tradition collected by Cecil Sharp in around 1906. Like Headington and some other villages, it claims an unbroken tradition since at least the 1850s and possibly going back 600 years. A Whitsun tradition like many in the area and typical of the Cotswold Morris - sides of 6, white costume, bell pads and handkerchiefs. Bampton wear black hats trimmed with flowers and their characters include a cake-bearer, Ragman and Treasurer.

It sported two sides after the First World War because of some disagreement about dancing at pubs or houses and there was further division on and off. Bacon reported two sides in 1973. In 1974 Bampton had three sides and probably still has today.

Well known members include Jinky (William / Billy) Wells who was promoted from Fool to Musician (fiddle) when the pipe and tabor player died, and Francis Shergold squire of one of the sides for 45 years.

Some of the great and good of the folk world gather at Bampton each Whitsuntide.

Dances (Sharp):

  • Flowers of Edinburgh (H)
  • Bobbing Joe (H)
  • Shepherds Hey (C)
  • Glorishears (H)
  • Highland Mary (H)
  • Constant Billy (H)
  • Bonny Green Garters (Processional)
  • Maid of the Mill (H)
  • Princess Royal (J)
  • Lumps of Plum Pudding (J)
  • Fools Jig (J)
  • Bacca Pipes Jig (J)

Dances (Bacon):

  • The Quaker
  • Brighton Camp
  • The Nutting Girl
  • Jenny Lind
  • Johnny's So Long at the Fair
  • The Forester
  • Old Tom of Oxford
  • Bobbing Around
  • Webley or Webley Twizzle
  • Step and Fetch Her
  • Under the Old Myrtle Tree
  • Rose Tree
  • Banbury Bill
  • Country Gardens
  • Trunkles
  • Shave the Donkey
  • Webley Jig
  • Jogging (or Jockey) to the Fair

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