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JACK GRACE'S FRONT. English, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody with dance directions first appeared in John Hinton's periodical Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure (London, 1759, p. 95) where it is described as "a new country dance". It also appears in the John Fife music manuscript collection of 1780-1804. Fife was apparently a resident of Perthshire Scotland, but may well have spent some time at sea, for there are indications in the manuscript of battles in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2), 1765; No. 41.