Pheasant's Dance

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PHEASANT’S DANCE. AKA and see "Dance in Queen Mab." AKA - "Peasant Dance." English, Jig. England, Northumberland. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The tune appears as “Dance in Queen Mab” in James Aird’s Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1 (Glasgow, 1782), a title derived from the opera "Queen Mab" where it is the vehicle for a 'peasant dance' (not 'pheasant'). It also appears in the music manuscripts of William Vickers [1] (Northumberland, 1770) and James Biggins (Leeds, west Yorkshire, 1779).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 63.

Recorded sources: Topic 12TS278, Cut and Dry Band – “Cut and Dry” (1976). Topic TSCD529, “The Wind in the Reeds: The Northumbrian Smallpipes” (2001).




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