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
Porthlystry as contributed to the Racca Project 1995/97. Originally transcribed from memory by Merv Davey in 1978: ” I stayed with my aunt Mrs Elsie Millis for several summers between 1969 and returning to Cornwall to live in 1975. Elsie would often talk abut her father, my grandfather Edward Veale,
Audio File: Off She Goes as played by Lowender Peran Festival Band 1987 Notes Ralph Dunstan Lyver Canow Kernewek / Cornish Song Book (London Reid Bros,1929), p.76 Racca no. 103 : Racca – Cornish Tunes For Cornish Sessions Project 1995-97
Audio File – Harvey Darvey played for Dancing – Catch Up Your Heels 2005: Several versions of Harvey Darvey were recorded by the Racca Project 195-97 Notes on Harvey Darvey: Old Cornwall Journal Vol. 1. No. 6, p.36 Mr R J Noall has shown the St Ives Old Cornwall Society
Notes According to Ralph Dunstan this was originally a dance tune to which lyrics were set in commemoration of the visit of the Royal Bath and West Show to Truro in 1861 Ralph Dunstan. Cornish Dialect and Folk Songs, (Truro, Jordan’s Bookshop, 1932). p.22 See also Racca: Cornish tunes for