X:1 T:Country Bumkin [sic] M:6/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:John Walsh - Caledonian Country Dances (c. 1745, p. 85) N:Published in several volumes and different editions, 1731-c. 1745) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G c6 B6|A2B2G2 F3ED2|G4G2 B2A2B2|G4G2 B2A2B2| c6B6|A2B2G2 F4f2|g4d2 e2d2c2|B6 G6||
COUNTRY BUMPKIN. AKA - "Country Bumkin." AKA and see "Bab at the Bowster," "Babbity Bowster," "Old Country Bumpkin (The)," "Who Learned You to Dance and a Towdle." Scottish, Country Dance Tune and Jig (6/4 or 6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Walsh): AABBCC (McLachlan): AA'BB'CC'. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of the tune in Neil Stewart's 1761 A Collection of the Newest and Best Reels or Country Dances (p. 71), although John Walsh's publication (c. 1745) predates it. There are similarities to "Elsie Marley. Several dances were called "Country Bumpkin," perhaps the most prominent being The Bumpkin or The Ninesome Reel that was a type of cushion dance (See note for "Babbity Bowster" for more).
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