Our dances are taken from a number of Cotswold villages, including Fieldtown, Sherbourne, Bampton, Oddington and Adderbury. Each of these villages evolved a distinctive dance ‘tradition’, featuring different stepping and figures, although usually performed to common tunes.
We are also writing a series of ‘Sheffield’ dances named, aptly, after the city’s five rivers. So far we’ve got one – Porter – a three-person dance that we can dance for six, nine, twelve or indeed any multiple of three. One day we’ll get round to writing some more.
As the side’s dance style has evolved since formation, so has our repertoire. Some individual dances, and even whole traditions, have been dropped, with new traditions and dances introduced. A full history of our repertoire since formation can be found here.
Current dance and tune repertoire
|Adderbury||Sweet Jenny Jones (stick)||Sweet Jenny Jones (music | tune)|
|Lads a Bunchum||Lads a Bunchum (music | tune)|
|Bampton||Banbury Bill (hankie)||Banbury Bill (music | tune)|
|Webley Twizzle (hankie)||Webley Twizzle (music | tune)|
|Step and Fetch Her (hankie)||Step and Fetch Her (music | tune)|
|Fieldtown||Balance the Straw (stick)||Balance the Straw (music | tune)|
|Country Gardens (stick)||Country Gardens (music | tune)|
|The Forester (hankie)||The Forester (music | tune)|
|Valentine (hankie)||The Valentine (music | tune)|
|Porter (hankie)||Porter (music | tune)|
|Sherborne||Constant Billy (stick)||Constant Billy (music | tune)|
|Orange in Bloom (hankie)||Orange in Bloom (music | tune)|
|Cuckoo’s Nest (hankie)||Cuckoo’s Nest (music | tune)|
|Oddington||Highland Mary (hankie)||Highland Mary (music | tune)|
|Skirmish (stick)||London Pride (music | tune)|
|The New Barracks (stick)||Princess Royal (music | tune)|