Row Well, Ye Mariners ~ Sharp/Bolton is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Comparing Cecil Sharp (1912) Charles Bolton (1992) sometime before 2021-10-23. It is a Square dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 0 bars.
Lead up a D. forwards and back That again First man two slips cross the Room one way, the woman the other Back again to your places Fall back both Meet again Clap both your own hands, then clap each other's right-hands against one another's; clap both your own hands again, then clap left-hands, then clap both hands again, then clap your breasts, then meet both your hands against one-another The same again, only clap left-hands first
First man sides with the next wo. and his wo. with the next man, doing the like till you come to your own places, the rest following and doing the same.
The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Strong Roots. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.
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