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FER LYSKERYS. AKA - "Liskeard Fair." English, Air (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune, which accompanied a processional dance of "furry", was collected by clergyman and scholar Sabine Baring-Gould from a Mr Nichol in May, 1891. It was played on Liskeard Fair days, originally a celebration of St. Mathews Feast, St. Marys and Ascension Day (dating to a grant by Richard Earl of Cornwall in the year 1266), in accompaniment to a dance that ended at the aptly named "Frolic Green" (the location of which is unknown in modern times). The celebrations were suppressed around the year 1810, as they had occasioned much drinking and disreputable behavior, but were revived at different times since then.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Baring Gould (Folk Songs of the West, vol. 2), p 28. RACCA 2, 1997; No's 2 & 3.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
See note for the tune at An Daras [1]




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