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BLUE JOAK. AKA - "Blue Joke." English, Country Dance Tune or Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. In addition to Daniel Wright's 1740 country dance collection, the tune appears in John Walsh's The Third Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (London, 1735, p. 20, and the subsequent edition of 1749, p. 32). The title is one of a number of "Joke" country dances, such as "White Joak (The)," "Green Joke (The)," etc., that played to the success of the very popular dance and song "Black Joke (1) (The)."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Wright (Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances), 1740; p. 86.

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