John Dory is mentioned by Richard Carew (1555-1620) in his survey of Cornwall published in 1603 and is described as a three men's song. It is played here as an instrumental on Cornish double chanter bagpipes, Gaita and Bombarde.
Now Cradock was the Treble man and stepp’d ‘long with his toe; And casting of his eyes around, commanded them where to go. They pulled away with courage bold, which did their hearts revive; Sweet music then was swiftly heard [with] one two three four five. They went out to
Estren / Stranger as recorded for the Tan Ha Dowr Project 2000. Contributed to Racca project 1995/97. Tune was collected from Mary Trieze of Menhenniot by Frank W Bussle and Sabine Baring Gould in 1891. As recorded by Tan Ha Dowr Project: See: Racca – Cornish Tunes For Cornish Sessions
The dance and tune were transcribed in 1971 by Mrs Esme Francis, the Honorary Harpist for the Cornish Gorseth. In 2009 she described the circumstances: “A neighbour of mine, farmer John Williams, who lived at Boscreggan Farm,Nanquido, described the Newlyn Reel Dance tome in 1971. He remembered travelling to Newlyn