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X:1 T:Drown Drowth M:9/8 L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:John Walsh - Caledonian Country Dances (1731, p. 13) N:"London. Printed for and sold by J. Walsh, Music Printer and Instrument maker N:to his Majesty, at ye Harp & Hoboy in Catherine Street the Strand." N:A handwritten note above the tune says: "An earlier name for The Perth N:Stormes(?) Dance" Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Bb E|D/E/FD BFE D2B,|D/E/FD ECC C2E|D/E/FD Bcd D2B,|D/E/FE DB,B, B,2:| |:F|BcB dBg fdB|A2F A/B/cc c2F|B>cd/e/ fga bag|fbd TdcB B2:|]



DROWN DROWTH. AKA – "Droun Drowth," "Drouth," "Drown Drought." AKA and see "Give Us a Drink of Water (1)," "Doon da Rooth," "Drought (The)." Scottish, English; Old or Triple Hornpipe or 9/8 Jig. B Flat Major (most versions): D Major (Oswald). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Variously noted in 3/2, 6/8 or 9/8 time. The melody was popular in England and Scotland and appears in numerous 18th century publications and fiddlers' manuscripts, beginning with John Young's Drummond Castle Manuscript, in the possession of the Earl of Ancaster at Drummond Castle. It is inscribed "A Collection of Country Dances written for the use of his Grace the Duke of Perth by Dav. Young, 1734" (and for this reason it is sometimes called the Duke of Perth MS). "Drown Drouth" was included in the music manuscript copybooks of London musician Thomas Hammerseley (1790), Northumbrian musician William Vickers (1770), and Cheapside, London, musician Walter Rainstorp (1747). A hand-written note with the tune--possibly by Scottish musicologist John Glen (in whose collection it was)—in Walsh's Caledonian Country Dances remarks that "An earlier name was The Perth Sto(?) Dance."


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Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3), 1788; No. 501, p. 192. Anonymous (A Companion to the Reticule), 1833; p. 6. Bremner (Scots Reels), 1757; p. 65. Glen (Collection of Scottish Dance Music, vol. 1), 1891; p. 14. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 1), 1799; p. 32. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, vol. 1), 1760; p. 33 (appears as "Drouth"). Petrie (Collection of Strathspey Reels & Country Dances), c. 1790; p. 21. Seattle/Vickers (Great Northern Tune Book, part 2), 1987; No. 391. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2), 1765; No. 191 (appears as "The Drouth"). Walsh (Caledonian Country Dances), c. 1745; p. 13. Wilson (A Companion to the Ballroom), 1816; p. 27. Wright (Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances, vol. 1), c. 1740; p. 61. David Young (Drummond Castle/Duke of Perth Manuscript), 1734; No. 22.






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