Details for "Skirmish"
(Field Town)

Tradition (Fie) Field Town
New dance ?yes
OriginRoy Dommett
Size of set6
HandsLong Stick
British Grenadiers
Other NotesFrom an article in Morris Matters in 1981, at a workshop Roy Dommett taught the dance, which he called Three Musketeers and attributed to Wheatsheaf Morris. The dance was renamed by Great Western Morris as Skirmish on Beacon Heath, later shortened to Skirmish. Distinctive chorus from GWM is:

Normal formation
2 4 6
1 3 5
Bar 1 Leap into new formation and hit tips high right to left and low left to right, 2 with 4, 1 with 6 and 3 with 5.

Bar 2 Leap into another formation and hit tips high & low as bar 1 1 with 3, 2 with 5 and 4 with 6

Bars 3-4 Face across to usual opposite in normal formation and hit tips high right to left, low left to right, high right to left and high left to right.
Half Hey and repeat to place.


Variations as Danced by London Pride

Set size4
NotesSticking is across, along, corners and into inline 4 man hey

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Teams That Perform This Dance

Angletwitch Devon,UK (none)
Charlbury Finstock Oxfordshire,UK (none)
Chip Off The Old Derbyshire,UK (none)
Devil's Dyke Cambridgeshire,UK (none)
East Kent Kent,UK (none)
Exeter MM Devon,UK (none)
Forest of Dean Morris Gloucestershire,UK (none)
Full Moon Wales,UK (none)
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Great Western Devon,UK (none)
Hageneth Suffolk,UK (none)
Hexham Morrismen Hexham, Northumberla,UK (none)
Jackstraws Surrey,UK (none)
Kennet Morris Men Berkshire,UK (none)
London Pride London,UK set, notes
New St George Leicestershire,UK (none)
Spring Grove Surrey,UK (none)
Sweyn's Ey Wales,UK (none)
Three Horseshoes Oxfordshire,UK (none)
Weald of Kent Kent,UK (none)
Westminster London,UK (none)
Yateley Morris Men Berkshire,UK (none)