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X:1 T:Sherburn Castle M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune B:John Walsh – Caledonian Country Dances vol. II (c. 1737, No. 297, p. 37) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D d f2e|d a2g|f A2G|F2E2| DdTFE|DdTFE|(D/E/F) (F/G/A)|TB2A2:| |:f/e/d/e/ f/e/d/c/|Bg g2|e/d/c/d/ e/d/c/B/|Af f2| GecA|Fd/c/ B/A/G/F/|Eg Ad|d2D2:|]



Sherburn old castle, depicted in 1733, not long before the tune appeared in Walsh's "Caledonian Country Dances".

SHERBURN CASTLE. English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Sherburn, Oxfordshire, was on the crossroads of the main north/south route from Bristol to Weymouth and the east/west route from London to Exeter, making it a strategic location that saw much action during the English Civil War (1642-1651). Many locals were tenants of John Lord Digby (1634-1698) of Sherborne Castle and the town was traditionally Royalist. If suffered two sieges; in both cases Royalist forces were eventually driven out by Parliamentarian troops.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - John Walsh (Caledonian Country Dances vol. II), c. 1737; No. 297, p. 37. \

Recorded sources: - Fellside Recordings FECD276, Vic Gammon & Friends - "Early Scottish Ragtime" (2016).



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