Country Coll (The)
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COUNTRY COLL, THE. AKA and see "Sir Nicholas Culley/Cully." English, Country Dance Tune (Longways for as many as will). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in John Playford's The English Dancing Master (1651), first edition (p. 79), but was retained in subsequent editions of the long-running series through the eighth edition (1690, then published by John's son, Henry). Sir Nicholas Cully (the alternate title) was a character in The Comical Revenge; or, Love in a Tub a Restoration comedy by Sir George Etherege, acted at Lincoln's Inn Fields in 1664. Sir Nicholas, a country knight, was a dupe.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Barlow (The Complete Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 18, p. 20. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 45.