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BLACK AS A COLE. English, Country Dance Tune (9/8 time). D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. In addition to it's appearance in Daniel Wright's 1740 country dance collection (published in London by John Johnson), the melody appears in John Walsh's The Compleat Country Dancing-Master. Volume the Third (London, 1735, p. 15, and the subsequent edition of 1749, p. 27), and Walsh's Caledonian Country Dances (published in several volumes and editions, 1731-c. 1745). A variant of the melody appears in the c. 1790 music copybook of London musician Thomas Hammersley.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Walsh (Caledonian Country Dances), c. 1745; p. 70. Wright (Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances), 1740; p. 69.

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