Sidmouth 2017 Music

Players of any acoustic instruments that can play in G, D and Em and blend into a band will be very welcome!

The main focus will be on getting tunes great to dance to with the right speed and emphasis. Where there are harmonizing parts it will be really great for them to be played, but no workshop time will be spent on them. We won’t make you sit in instrument groups, but you are welcome to sit next to similar instruments on your own initiative if you want to.

(Note: this page shows the finalised music for Sidmouth 2017).

In the Sidmouth Playing for Early Dance Workshops, for each tune Andy Richards will introduce it, Terry Mann will lead the learning of the tune, then Andy and Helen Richards and their assistants will give direction on speed and emphasis, and the playing will become great to dance to. We hope to play each tune again at the end of the workshop.

Sidmouth 2017 Workshop 1 –

The Old Almain, and Tinternel (16th century English):


Amoroso, a 15th century Italian ballo:


Petit Riens, a 15th century Italian ballo:


The Washerwomen’s Branle, 16th century French:


Sidmouth 2017 Workshop 2 –

Anello, a 15th century Italian ballo:


The Cecilia Almain, 16th century English:


A 16th century French tourdion:


Branle de la Montarde, 16th century French:


Sidmouth 2017 Workshop 3 –

Gelosia, 15th century Italian ballo:


La Traditore My Fa Morire, a 16th century French galliard:


The Official Branle, 16th century French:


Sidmouth 2017 Ball –

A mix from workshops 1 to 3, costume encouraged!