Broom, The Bonny, Bonny Broom ~ Pat Shaw

Broom, The Bonny, Bonny Broom ~ Pat Shaw Broom, The Bonny, Bonny Broom ~ Sharp

Broom, The Bonny, Bonny Broom ~ Pat Shaw is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master, London. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1972 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 96 bars. It is in the key: F major.

Playford writes:
Lead up all a D. forward and back, the first four cast off and come to your places, the last four do the like Lead down, and as much First and 3. cu. meet and go back, hands and go round ·: The other four as much
Sides all, set and turn S. That again The two first men hands and change places, the last two men change, we. doing the same, set and turn S. All that again ·:
Sides all, set and turn S. That again The 2. and 3. on each side lead to each wall, while the first cu. lead up, and the last lead down; change hands and meet; hands all and half round ·: All that again

Pat Shaw's interpretation is the same as Cecil Sharp's (except that he uses shoulder-to-shoulder siding rather than Sharp siding).

Playford provides a single 8 bar strain. Pat Shaw used a B strain Everal de Jersey to accompany it. However the music I have for this dance, from Bare Necessities, has a B strain written by Phil Merril of CDSS.

The tune published by Playford has the A tune repeated 4 times in each part of the dance (and no B tune). Phil Merrill has written a B tune for it. So the music here is AABB repeated 3 times. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album At Home. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 94 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The dance contains the following figures: USA, hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, circle, cast, lead, siding, arming (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1972 by Pat Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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