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FINE COMPANION, THE. AKA - "Fine Companions." English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 or 6/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in Playford's first edition of his English Dancing Master (1651). It is perhaps associated with the play by Shackerley Marmion (1603-1639), his second, a comedy that was also entitled A Fine Companion, staged by Prince Charles's Men at Salisbury Court and published in 1633.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician No. 14: Songs, Airs and Dances of the 18th Century), 1997; p. 8. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 40 & p. 24 (appears as "Fine Companions"). Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 15. Williamson (English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish Fiddle Tunes), 1976; p. 34.

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