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From Fiddler's Companion: BERENDANS (Bear Dance). AKA - “The Dancing Bear.” Flemish, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). A Minor. Standard tuning. AA’BB’. From the title it appears the tune was used to accompany dancing bears, and comes from the Flemish speaking part of Belgium, although now-a-days the tune is popular throughout Europe. The tune was recorded by the Irish band Dervish, but Henrik Norbeck states that it was first recorded by a band from Holland named “The Kings Galliard” in the 1970's. A printing of the tune appears in Encyclopedia Blowzabellica. See also the related Spanish jig “Danza del oso.” Dervish - “The Boys of Sligo” (c. 1989. Appears as “The Dancing Bear”). Metamora – “The Great Road” (late 1980’s. Appears in a set of Flemish tunes). Pyewackett – “The Man in the Moon Drinks Claret” (early 1980’s, described as a Belgian tune). I love how the internet allows you to stumble upon something that absolutely delights. For me it is most often a tune. Reminds me of an an dro. I've found the dots titled Barentanz. This would be great on the hurdy gurdy. Thank you for posting this and the video.