Annotation:Merry Strollers (The)

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X:1 T:Merry Strollers, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig N:Under section of "Dances, 1786". B:Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson - Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 (1788, p. 25) N:" As they are Perform'd at Court, Bath and all Publick Assemblys ." Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G d|BAB G2G|gfg d3|efg dBG|ABG FED| BAB G2G|gfe a2g|fed Ad^c|d3-d2:| |:d|d^cd B2B|=cBc A3|Bcd G2G|ABG FED| BAB G2G|c2d e2f|gab dec|BcA G2:|]

MERRY STROLLERS, THE. AKA and see "Deceivers (The)." English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. In addition to the London publisher Samuel, Ann and Peter Thompson's 1788 printing, the tune as "Merry Strollers" appears in John Carr's First Book of Cotillions (New York, 1801) and James Hewitt's (1770-1827) Fashionable Repertory... of Country Dances & Waltzes (New York, 1807). However, the same melody had been published in London by Thomas Skillern as "Deceivers (The)" in 1781, predating the Thompsons.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5), 1788; p. 25.

Recorded sources : - Maggie's Music MMCD216, Hesperus - "Early American Roots" (1997).

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