Merry Dance (The)
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MERRY DANCE, THE. AKA and see "Come Up the Back Stairs." New England, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Burchenal): ABB (Linscott): ABCA (Howe). "The tune closely resembles an old Irish air, 'The Fairy Dance', from which it probably is derived" (Linscott, 1939). Howe and Burchenal both print contra dance directions for the tune.
Source for notated version: Smith Paine (Wolfeboro, N.H.) [Linscott].
Printed sources: Burchenal (American Country Dances, vol. 1), 1918; p. 27 (appears as "Twin Sisters"). Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 73. Linscott (Folk Songs of Old New England), 1939; p. 96.
See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources