Milkmaid's Bob (The)

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MILKMAID'S BOB, THE. AKA - "Milke-Mayd's Bobb (The)." English, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The melody and country dance steps appear in John Playford's The English Dancing Master [1] (1651), and were retained in the long-running series through the 10th edition of 1698. English collector Cecil Sharp substituted this tune for the Playford dance "Oaken Leaves" (see "Oaken Leaves (2)"), a pairing that has occasionally resulted in the tune "Milkmaid's Bob" being called by the name of the dance.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barlow (The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 61, p. 29. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; pp. 33 & 44.

Recorded sources: HUNTSUP CD1, The York Waits - "The Punk's Delight" (1992).




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