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 on a horse and cart when he was a child and seeing it danced by the fishermen there. This would have been the early 1900s. He would bring forth the tune in his gruff voice, and demonstrate the steps as he remembered them.”
Newlyn Reel as danced and played by Cornish Dance group Asteveryn for the Lowender Peran festival in 1998:
Newlyn Reel as a social dance.