Row Well Ye Mariners

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X:1 % T:Row Well Ye Mariners M:6/8 L:1/8 S:Sharp – Country Dance Tunes (1909) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A (A | G2F G2A | B3 B2) (c | ded cBc | B2A) A2 (A | G2 F G2A | B3 B2) (c | ded cBc | B2A) A2 || e | (efe B2) (c | dec B2) (e | efe B2) c | dec B2 || A | (ABA G2A | BGE A2) A | (ABA G2A | BGE A2) || e3 B3 | e3 B3 | (e2f e2d | c B2 A2) z | e3B3 | e3B3 | (e2f e2d | c B2 A2) ||

ROW WELL YE MARINERS. English, Country Dance Tune (6/4 {Barlow, Chappell} or 6/8 time {Barnes, Sharp}). G Major (Barlow, Barnes, Chappell): A Major (Sharp). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCD (Sharp): ABCDE (Chappell): AABBCCDD (Barlow, Barnes). The air was published in John Playford's English Dancing Master [1] (London, 1651, and all subsequent editions), Thomas Robinson's Schoole of Musicke (1603), and D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy (1707). The original ballad, now lost, appears in the registers of the Stationers' Company as early as 1565-6. There are some similarities with the Welsh tune “Meillionen,” of more recent vintage. "Row Well Ye Mariners" was one of the country dance tunes recorded by the Victor band in 1915 at Camden, New Jersey, arranged by English folk song and dance collector Cecil Sharp, who was visiting America at the time. Sharp received "session supervisor" credits for the recording.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford’s Dancing Master), 1985; No. 84, p. 33. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; p. 110. Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times, vol. 1), 1859; p. 127. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 47 (a facsimile copy of Playford’s original Dancing Master). Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 39.

Recorded sources: - Victor 17801 (78 RPM), Victor Band (1915).

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