Passpey (A)

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PASSPEY, A. Scottish, Country Dance (6/8 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BA'. "The Passepied, says Grove's Dictionary, orginated amongst Basse-Bretagne sailors, and is said to have been first danced in Paris by street-dancers in 1587, becoming popular in England towards the beginning of the 18th century. It may have come to Scotland independently, while the Auld Alliance was still a close one." The tune appears in Anne Gilchrist's article "Old Fiddlers' Tune Books of the Georgian Period" (JEFDSS, vol. 4, No. 1, Dec. 1940, p. 18)

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