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X:139 T:Wotton Underhedge Fair THO1.139 T:Nunrich Fair,aka THO1.139 T:Wood Nunrich Fair,aka THO1.139 M:6/8 L:1/8 Z:vmp. Peter Dunk 2012.from a transcription by Fynn Titford-Mock 2006 B:Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances Vol.I,1758 Q:3/8=100 K:G c|BGB def|gfe dcB|cAA eAA|cAA A2 c| BGB def|gfe dcB|cAg faf|gdB G2:| |:c|BGB d2 B|cAA e2 c|BGG d2 B|cAA A2 c| BGG d2 B|cAA e2 c|BGB def|gdB G2:| |:d|gfe dcB|gfg dcB|gfe dcB|cAA A2 d| gfe dcB|gfg dcB|cAg faf|gdB G2:|



NUNRICH FAIR. AKA and see "Wood Nunrich Fair," "Wotton Underhedge Fair." English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). England, Yorkshire. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was published in Alexander Will's Ten New Fashionable Irish Dances...& three Favorite Waltzs's (London, 1800, p. 17) as "Nunrich Fair; or, The Princes Frolick." Wills was a dancing master in London who advertised that he taught "the Scotch Steps and Dances now become so fashionable in all polite assemblies"[1]. Glasgow publisher James Aird printed the melody under the title "Wood Nunrich Fair" in his Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1 [1] (1782), a title also used John Brysson in his A Curious Collection of Favourite Tunes with Variations to which is added upwards of Fifty favorite Irish Airs (Edinburgh, 1791). However, the earliest printing of the tune appears to have been in Charles & Samuel Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1 (London, 1758) where the jig is given as "Wotton Underhedge Fair." It is possible the "Wood Nunrich Fair" is a corruption of the "Wotton Underhedge Fair" title.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - a MS collection by fiddler Lawrence Leadley, 1827-1897 (Helperby, Yorkshire) [Merryweather & Seattle].

Printed sources : - Merryweather & Seattle (The Fiddler of Helperby), 1994; No. 73, p. 46. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), 1758; No. 139 (as "Wotton Underhedge Fair").






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  1. The Times, Dec. 25th, 1789.