Abel Drugger

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ABEL DRUGGER. English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The melody also appears in John Johnson’s 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 8 (London, 1758). Abel Drugger was a character in Ben Jonson’s play The Alchemist, a role popularized in the mid-1740’s by David Garrick (1717-1779), the finest British actor of the 18th century.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), 1757; No. 147.

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