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NAMPWICH FAIR. AKA - "Namptwich Fair (1)." English, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Nampwich Fair" appears first in John Young's The Dancing Master, volume 3, 2nd edition (London, 1726, p. 117) as a longways dance, and subsequently in John Walsh's New Country Dancing Master, 3rd Book (London, 1728) and son John Walsh's Compleat Country Dancing Master, volume the Third (London, c. 1749). John Johnson prints a "Namptwich Fair (2)" in 9/8 time in his Two Hundred Favourite Country Dances, vol. 8 (London, c. 1758), but it is a different tune.

Nantwich Fair (note spelling) was held in Nantwich, Cheshire, a market town set beside the River Weaver with a medieval street pattern.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; p. 91. Knowles (Northern Frisk), 1988; No. 32.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at: Hear/see an accordion version on youtube.com [1]




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