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X:1 T:My Lady Cullen M:2/2 L:1/8 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion S:Sharp - Country Dance Tunes (1909) K:D Minor A2A2 f3f|gfed ^c3 c|d2d2A2f2|e4 d4| A2A2 f3f|gfed ^c3c|d2d2 A2f2|e4 d4|| A2A2 c3c|F3G A3c|B2G2G2G2|A2 =Bc d4| A2A2 c3c|F3G A3c|B2G2G2G2|A2 =Bc d4||

MY LADY CULLEN('S DELIGHT). English, Country Dance Tune (2/2 time). E Minor (Raven): D Minor (Barnes, Sharp). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Sharp): AABB (Barnes, Raven). The melody and directions for a duple minor longways dance ("Longwayes for as many as will") were published in London by John Playford in his English Dancing Master [1] (1651), and was retained in subsequent editions through the 6th edition of 1679. According to Keith Whitmore[1] the piece was a tribute to:

…the former Lady Mary O’Brien, first daughter and coheiress of Henry, fifthe Earl of Thomond; she married Charles Cockaigne, created Viscount Cullen in 1642. He helped Charles I with substantial sums of money and incurred severe Parliamentary penalties. Lady Cullen was in London in March 1651 (new style) the day after The English Dancing Master was published.

The first sound recording of the tune was made in March, 1916, in Camden, N.J. (during the middle of World War I), at the Victor studios by the Victor Military Band, from an arrangement by English collector Cecil J. Sharp, who was present for the session.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Barlow (The Complete Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 65, p. 30. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 13 & 42 (the latter is a facsimile copy of the Playford original). Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 26.

Recorded sources : - Victor 17961 (78 RPM), Victor Military Band (1916).

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  1. Keith Whitlock, “John Playford’s English Dancing Master 1650/51 as Cultural Politics”, Folk Music Journal, vol. 7, No. 5, 1999, p. 570