Item BCA - 2017.1300 - 'The Italian Job' - a dance tune for Bampton Traditional Morris first used in 1982

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BCA - 2017.1300


'The Italian Job' - a dance tune for Bampton Traditional Morris first used in 1982


  • 1987 (Creation)

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This Morris dance, performed by the Bampton Traditional Morris men, became known as 'The Italian Job'. "It is a bog standard double side step." Rod Stradling introduced the tune in 1982 - it came from his friends in Ponte Caffro and was known originally as 'Rod's Fancy'. Terry Rouse probably doesn't know it but he is responsible for the re-naming. When John Howson recorded the team dancing on Whit Monday 1987 for the 'Greeny Up' tape, Terry, as a good fool should, announced the dance, but probably due to half a mild taken somewhere during the day!! couldn't think of 'Rod's Fancy' so just said that we were going to do "that Italian job" (with the emphasis on the I). John Howson duly used this as the name of the tune on the Green Up sleeve and it has stuck ever since." The recording lasts 3 mins 42 secs.

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