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FRANK AND EASIE. English, Triple Hornpipe (3/2 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody appears in all four editions of London publisher John Young's Second Volume of the Dancing Master [1] (1710-1728), and in all three editions of the Walshes' Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (1719, 1735, 1749), and in Walsh & Randall's New Country Dancing Master, 2nd Book (1710).

'Frank and easie' was a phrase that described a desired character trait in period chronicles. For example, Theresa, the youngest daughter of Sir Baldwyn Oonyers, Bart., of Horden, co. Durham, is described in a letter from the Earl of Perth, as:

of a very engaging temper, frank and easie in her conversation, accompanied with that decencie in her behaviour, and a livelyness of spirit, as must charme evry body who have the honour to be in company with her...

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Young (Second Volume of the Dancing Master), 1710; p. 59.

Recorded sources:

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