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X:1 T:Country Farmer [1] M:C| L:1/8 N:”Longways for as many as will.” B:John Walsh – Complete Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Fourth B: (London, 1740, No. 119) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F F2|cBcd c2 (BA)|B2G2A2c2|fefg f2e2|d4c2|| c2|gfga g2ab|a2 gf g2 ab|a2 gf g2 fe|defg e2 (dc)| f2 ef d2 ef|g2 fg e2 fg|a2 ga fgab|g4f4||

COUNTRY FARMER, THE. English, Country Dance Tune (2/2 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB. The melody was printed by London music publisher Henry Playford and was new to the 11th edition of the Dancing Master (London, 1701, section II, p. 13). The 'Country Farmer' was a stock comedic character in many London plays of the late 17th and 18th century, usually depicted as honest but dim, forthright but often but butt of the other characters. For example, a Lincoln’s Inn Fields entr’acte dance, entitled Italian Mimic Scene between a Scaramouch, Harlequin, Country Farmer, His Wife and Others on 26 December 1716 before being renamed as Harlequin Executed; or, The Farmer Disappointed on 29 December.

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Printed sources : - Barlow (The Complete Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 482, p. 109. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 611. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 76. Walsh (Complete Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Fourth), London, 1740; No. 119.

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