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Merry-Go-Round, The - Tony Parkes

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Merry-Go-Round, The - Tony Parkes


Tony Parkes calls at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.

In his introduction to the dance, Tony commented that this dance has been around for a long time in different forms, "honed and fine-tuned and coarse-tuned by the folk process over the years. Nobody really knows where it came from; it's had its serial numbers filed off and body lines altered." He said it probably started life as "Bird in the Cage and Seven Hands Round." Ralph Page called it the Ladies' Whirligig, and Ted Sannella elaborated on it.

Musicians are Steve Hickman, fiddle and harmonica; Jim Morrison, fiddle; Sam Bartlett, banjo, with Larry Edelman, guitar. You can see Steve on harmonica at 2:30. The tune is "The Old Man and the Old Woman."

Recorded 20 November 2011 by John-Michael Seng-Wheeler and David Millstone.

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