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NORTHERN FRISK [1]. AKA and see "Merry Conclusion (The)," "Mr. Kynaston's Famous Dance." English, Country Dance Tune (3/2 time). England, North-West. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The melody appears in John Walsh's third collection of Lancashire tunes (Lancashire Jiggs, Hornpipes, Joaks, etc.) published around the year 1731. It also appears in the London Magazine, or Gentleman's Monthly Intelligencer of 1758 (p. 93), and in London publisher John Johnson's Two Hundred Favourite Country Dances (vol. 8, p. 33) of the same year. The alternate title, "Mr. Kynaston's..." refers to a dancing master named Nathaniel Kynaston, who was active from 1710 to 1721 and who was probably from the Shropshire/Wales border region. Unfortunately nothing more is known about him. "Mr. Kynaston's" (without the "Famous Dance" part) appears as the alternate title for "Merry Conclusion (The)" in Walsh's Twenty Four Country Dances for the year 1716 (p. 24), a copy of which is in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. In fact, Walsh published one hundred and twenty of Kynaston's tunes and dances in various publications, from 1710 to 1719.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 77. Knowles (Northern Frisk), 1988; No. 1. Offord (John of the Greeny Cheshire Way).

Recorded sources : - Big Chain BC 101, Cooper & Bolton - "Turning Point." Wildgoose Records WGS 298CD, Belshazzar's Feast - "Mr. Kynaston's Famous Dance" (2000).

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