Ashley's Flag (1)

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X:1 T:Ashley's Flag [1] M:C| L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson -- Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 (1788, p. 5) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Bb d>e|f2 d>B e2 c>A|B2B2B3F|G2B2F2B2|cdec BAGF| f2 d>B e2 c>A|B2b2b2 g>a|bagf =efge|f2 f2-f2:| |:d>e|fedc B_agf|e2c2-c2 c>d|edcB Agfe|d2B2-B3F| G2b2 F2a2|E2g2 D2f2|edcB AcFA|B2 B2-B2:|]



ASHLEY'S FLAG [1]. AKA - "Astley's Flag," "Distillery Hay." AKA and see "Miss Booth's Hornpipe." English, Hornpipe and Reel. England, North-West. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune first appears in Longman, Lukey & Broderips's Bride's Favourite Collection of 200 Select Country Dances, Cotillions and Allemands (London, 1776). Transported to America it appears as "Astley's Flag" in Joshua Cushing's Fifer's Companion (p. 49) printed in 1805 in Salem, Massachusetts, and in the Elisha Belknap manuscript, compiled in Framingham, Massachusetts, in 1784 as "Distillery Hay" (a title which refers probably to the circle-eight dance figure called a 'hey' or 'hay'). The title refers to Sergeant Major Philip Astley [1], who is credited with creating the first modern circus in London during the sencond half of the 18th century.

Phillip Astley
See also the version entitled "Miss Booth's Hornpipe", from music seller W. Blackman's Selection of the Most Favorite Hornpipes (c. 1810-22).


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Printed sources : - Knowles (Northern Frisk), 1988; No. 100. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5), 1788; p. 5.






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