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PRESTON WAKES. AKA and see "Fortune Teller (The)." English, Reel. England, North West. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. In the first half of the 20th century wakes week became a two week shutdown in the North West of England, with each town in Lancashire taking a different week each between June to September. The town streets would seem abandoned, and many of the shops and manufacturers closed, giving an opportunity to perform maintenance.
The tune is identical to "Fortune Teller (The)" in Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Country Dances, vol. 5 (London, 1788).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Knowles (Northern Frisk), 1988; No. 78.