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SARATOGA LANCERS. Canadian, Reel (cut time). Canada, Cape Breton. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’BB’. The Saratoga Lancers was late 19th century variant of the Lancers dance figures. The dance was popular in the Maritimes; Ken Perlman [1] names it along with Caledonian sets, the Prince Imperial, the Continentals, the Union Quadrille, and the Empire Quadrille as a popular square set on Prince Edward Island Robert Stubbert remembered a set called the Saratoga Lancers being danced to this tune on the wharf in Alder Point when he was a boy, according to Paul Cranford (1994). There is a "Saratoga Lancers" from the 1880's at the Library of Congress site, but it is unrelated to the Stubbert's tune. The Saratoga Lancers is mentioned in Newfoundland balladeer Johnny Burke's (1851-1930) folk song "Kelligrews Soiree":

"The Saratoga Lancers first," Miss Betsy kindly said,
I danced with Nancy Cronin and her Granny on the Head;
And Hogan danced with Betsy, well you should have seen his shoes,
As he lashed the muskets from the rack that night at Kelligrews.


Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Robert Stubbert via his daughter, fiddler Brenda Stubbert (b. 1959, Point Aconi, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources : - Cranford (Brenda Stubbert's Collection of Fiddle Tunes), 1994; No. 54, p. 19.

Recorded sources: -Brenda Stubbert - “House Sessions” (1992).



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  1. Ken Perlman, "Couldn't have a Wedding without the Fiddler", 2015, p. 238