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KETTLEDRUM (Kettle Drum). AKA and see "Pepper's Black (2)." English, Country Dance Tune (2/2 time). D Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Published by John Playford (1623-1686) in his first edition of his The English Dancing Master (1651), with instructions for a rather complex round dance that involved much kissing ("then breake off your hands outwards, then turne kissing every one his owne"). It appeared in subsequent editions of the Dancing Master through the eighth edition of 1690, after which it was dropped from the long-running series. Cecil Sharp detached the tune from the dance and instead used it for "Peppar's Black."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 50, p. 27. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; p. 103 (appears as "Puck's Deceit", the name of a country dance by Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett set to the tune). Johnson (The Kitchen Musician No. 14: Songs, Airs and Dances of the 18th Century), 1997; p. 10. Moffat (Dances of the Olden Time), 1922; p. 12. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; pp. 10 & 46 (the latter is a facsimile copy of Playford's printing).

Recorded sources: Arabesque 6520, The New Renaissance Band - "Country Capers: Music from John Playford's The English Dancing Master." Beautiful Jo Records BEJOCD 33, "Cast a Bell" (2001). North Star NS0031, "Dance Across the Sea: Dances and Airs from the Celtic Highlands" (1990).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]

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