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
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,