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The Willow Tree Book - Hugh Ripon and Dave Mallinson

Hugh Rippon, caller and composer of country dances, was born and bred in Congleton, Cheshire, lived in Huntingdon and Gloucestershire and subsequently went to Peterhouse, Cambridge where he took an honours degree in history in 1955.
He first became interested in folk dance and song in 1957 shortly after moving to London and in 1960 he joined the full time staff of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Here he acted as Public Relations Officer, Joint Editor of the Society's magazine English Dance and Song and London Area Organiser. During this period he spent much of his time teaching dancing, lecturing, writing articles and starting new morris sides. After he left he taught history at a further education college in Coventry.
He took early retirement in 1990 and lives in Earlsdon, Coventry with his wife and four children. He maintains a keen interest in folk dance and music, is holder of the coveted EFDSS Gold Badge and has become one of the most respected and sought-after callers in the country.
Besides his 'calling' activities in most parts of England, Hugh has taught English folk dancing in Holland, Belgium, France and America. He is also the author of Discovering English Folk Dance, published by Shire Publications, which is now in its third edition.
Now Hugh has collaborated with Dave Mallinson to create a dual purpose book of tunes and dances.
We have here twenty six of Hugh's favourite dances, including several of his own compositions and others he has collected over the years, each with a short note of interest in its origin. Hugh's foreword is an additional useful guide to understanding the terms used and, importantly, there are some invaluable notes for beginners and teachers.
This collection quite rightly confirms Hugh's considerable status acquired during four decades of dedication to English dance, both as a guardian of the culture as well as an innovator firmly rooted within the tradition. It is this combination of skills and forces within which the dances contained in The Willow Tree have been moulded.
Mally's intended aim for The Willow Tree was the creation of a highly varied and fascinating cross-section of traditional dance music, tailored to Hugh's dances. Fifty two tunes from the English-speaking world have been painstakingly selected and arranged to fit Hugh's instructions, with the choice of chords being given equal care.
Although at first glance The Willow Tree is primarily a book of dances, it is also a wonderful and wide-ranging source of repertoire for the country dance musician.





After you, sir 
Ap Shenkin 
Around one 
The Aylesbury duck 
The Berkshire fool 
The Blue Circle dance 
Bridgwater Bay 
Circle 3 & under the arch 
Eb's dance or Eb's square 
Eva three step 
Flint Street gallop 
Fred Pate 
Haste to the wedding Hornpipe promenade 
The Hotch-potch 
The Itchington long dance 
Jim's reel 
Lady Godiva's gallop 
The Lancashire reel 
Marian's waltz 
Neil's jig 
Putney Bridge 
Soldiers' joy 
Tavistock hornpipe 
The Willow tree
Wring out the dishrag




Ap Shenkin 
The Battering ram 
The Belfast polka 
Blackberry quadrille 
Bonnie Dundee 
Charabanc schottische 
Clow Bank 
Dusty windowsills 
East Neuk of Fife 
Far from home 
Farmers' jamboree 
Fasten the leggin' 
Father Kelly's jig An Gallope 
The Galway 
Girl with the blue dress on 
The Glenbeigh 
Grandfather's tune 
Green Mountain petronella 
Haste to the wedding 
The Hills of Glenorchy 
The Home ruler 
The Honeysuckle 
The Humours of Glendart 
I have a bonnet 
Johnny I do miss you Johnny Mickey Barry's

John of Paris 
Katie Bairdie 
Little old log cabin 
Louis' waltz 
Maggie May 
The Magic slipper 
Major Mackie's 
Maple leaf jig 
Mary's waltz 
Out on the ocean 
Paddy O'Rafferty 
Peg Ryan's The Perfect cure 
Pigtown fling 
Putney Reach 
The Ranting rake 
Reel de Ti-Jean 
Saint Lawrence jig 
Sharon Shannon's 
The Siege of Ennis 
Sixpenny money 
The Skye boat 
Some say the devil's dead 
Upton upon Severn Stick dance

The Willow Tree Book - Hugh Ripon and Dave Mallinson

SKU: AO101
  • Hugh Rippon, caller and composer of country dances, has colaborated with Dave Mallinson to create a dual purpose book of dances and tunes. The 26 dances are fully explained by Hugh and can be used straight from the page. Mally has selected a wide range of 52 tunes, with chords, from Britain, Ireland and America that fit the dances and make a versatile and intriguing repertoire.

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