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X:1 T:Gold Ring [5], The M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune B:John Walsh – Caledonian Country Dances vol. II (1737, No. 356, p. 96) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G G2 (Bd)|cAFD|GBdg|d2B2|c2(Ac)|TBABG|cA FD|G2 G,2:| |:d2 (Bc)|dB ge|d2 (bc)|d2 G2|g2 (eg)|Tfefd|e2 ^c2|d=cBA| G2 (Bd)|cAFD|GBdg|d2 B2|(ce) Ac|(Bd) GB|(Ac) DF|G2 G,2:|]

GOLD RING [5], THE. AKA and see "Carnival Anglois (La)," "Earl of Lauderdale (The)," "Herefordshire Lasses (The)," "Temple Newsham." English, Country Dance or March (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody and country dance directions were printed by London publisher John Walsh in Caledonian Country Dances, vol. II (c. 1737), and John Johnson in both Twelve Country Dances for 1749 and A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 (1750, p. 45). Continental dancing master Robert Daubat published the country dance tune under the title "Carnival Anglois (La)" in a French collection of 1757. The tune was also entered into the c. 1776-1778 music copybook of fifer Thomas Nixon Jr. [1] (1762-1842), of Framingham, Connecticut, probably to be used as a march. Nixon was a thirteen-year-old who accompanied his father to the battles of Lexington and Concord, and who served in the Continental army in engagements in and around New York until 1780, after which he returned home to build a house in Framingham. The copybook appears to have started by another musician, Joseph Long, and to have come into Nixon’s possession.

Frank Kidson maintains the tune is a member of the "To Rodney We will go" family of instrumental and vocal melodies[1].

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  1. Frank Kidson, Letter tot he Editor, Musical Times, Dec. 1, 1910, p. 786.