Prestwick Bells

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PRESTWICK BELLS (Clychau Prestwick). English, Country Dance Tune (whole time). E Flat Major (Jones): D Major (Young). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody with dance instructions ("Longways for as many as will") was first published in John Young's Third Volume of the Dancing Master [1] (2nd edition, 1726, p. 93). It also appears in John Walsh's New Country Dancing Master, Third Book (1728, p. 149). Despite its London origins, the tune entered the Welsh tradition.

Prestwick, or nowadays Prestwich, is a town in Lancashire, now part of Greater Manchester.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Jones (The Bardic Museum), 1802; p. 105.

Recorded sources: Magnatune Records, Cheryl Ann Fulton – "A Harper's Holiday in Wales" (2015).




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