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DAMPIER. English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody and dance directions are unique to the various publications and editions of London music publisher John Walsh, beginning with his English Country Dancing Master of 1718. The title likely refers to English explorer William Dampier [1] (1651-1715), the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. Dampier rescued William Selkirk, a former crewmate, who is thought to have inspired Daniel Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe (1719).

William Dampier

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Walsh (Complete Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Fourth), London, 1740; No. 166.

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