Cornish trad arr by Tony Tournoff
2 minutes
Classical music

Historically, Rescorla along with other Cornish villages including Molinnis, Roche, Withiel and St Wenn, continued a fascinating custom going under the rather strange name of “Snail Creep”. This is a dance unique to this part of Cornwall and involves a long procession of couples following a band, led by two people holding up branches – the eye-stalks of the snail. The dancers form a large circle and then spiral into the middle and back out again. There are references to it in 19th Century antiquarian journals and its origins can be traced back to medieval dance. The Molinnis Fife and Drum Band provided the accompaniment for Rescorla’s Snail Creep celebrations when they were last performed over sixty years ago. The obvious reason for calling it the “Snail Creep” is that the dance coils in on itself like the markings on a snail shell: whether there is any deeper significance to this is unclear! However, it is agood piece to perform. Enjoy!

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