NEW BATH. English, Country Dance Tune or Jig (6/4 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Walsh): AABB (Playford). This country dance tune and dance ("Longways for as many as will") was introduced by John Playford into his Dancing Master, 7th edition (London, 1686), one of the last volumes that he was involved with before turning over his publishing concerns to his son, Henry. The title refers to the dancing at the assemblies at the spa resort of Bath, England, famous since Roman times for its medicinal hot springs (c.f. Playford's "Bath (The)", "New Bath Whim," "New Bath Minuet" etc.). It was retained in the long-running Dancing Master series through the eighteenth and final edition of 1729 (then published by he heir to the Playford publishing enterprises, John Young). The dance and tune were also published by Walsh & Hare in The Compleat Country Dancing Master (London, 1718), John Walsh's The Third Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (1735), and son John Walsh's The Compleat Country Dancing-Master. Volume the Fifth (c. 1754).
It has been suggested that the familiar march "British Grenadiers (The)" is derived from Playford's tune.
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