Herefordshire Lasses (The)
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HEREFORDSHIRE LASSES. AKA and see "Nouvelle Angloise (La)." English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABA. Herefordshire is a southern county in England near the border with Wales. Hereford is an Anglo-Saxon name meaning "army ford" and referring to a crossing place on the Severn river that was apparently quite important during times of conflict (Matthews, 1972). The air is from Longman, Lukey & Broderip's 1776 publication Bride's Favorite Collection of Two Hundred Select Country Dances, Cotillons (London, p. 58). The Herefordshire Lasses is also the name of a country dance. The exact same tune appears five years later in Glasgow publisher James Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1 (1782) as "Nouvelle Angloise (La)."
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Kidson (Old English Country Dances), 1890; p. 9.
Recorded sources: Fledgling Records, John Kirkpatrick - "The Duck Race: Morris Dance Tunes from Shropshire" (2004).