I wrote the tune “Skirmish” in 1993 when White Rose morris men took on board Skirmish from Kemp’s Men but decided to dance it in the style of Oddington. At the time people were using British Grenadiers as the tune – and – while I have no issues with that tune – I thought it should have its own.
From White Rose, Dogrose inherited it and used it for their performance on ‘Later with Jools Holland’. Bryony Griffith taught the tune to Eliza Carthy, and their version has become the one that most people play.
White Rose still dance Skirmish – now in the style of Fieldtown – to my original tune.
I have been fascinated to watch and hear how the tune has changed, and how it sounds in the hands of other musicians, most of whom are far better than me!
Here is my original notation for the tune:
Here is Rosie Butler-Halls version, played live on Friday 17th April 2020.