Saturday, March 3, 2018

Shepherd’s Hey

The air on which Percy Grainger's composition is based was collected by Cecil J. Sharpe. In some agricultural districts in England teams of “Morris Men”, decked out with jingling bells and other finery, can still be seen dancing to such traditional tunes as Shepherd’s Hey, which are played on the fiddle or on the “pipe and tabor” (a sort of fife and drum). (Source: Richard Franco Goldman, The Goldman Band)