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X:1 T:Spaw, The T:Spa Dance, The M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune B:Straight and Skillern – Two Hundred and Four Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1 (c. 1775, No. 77, p. 39) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:C Cc/B/ cc|ec e2|ge g/f/e/d/|c/B/c/d/ cc|Cc/B/ cc| ec e2|gfed|c2c2|ffee|ff e2|ffee| ff e2|Cc/B/ cc|ec e2|ge g/f/e/d/|c2c2|| F>GAA|Ac c2|Ac d/c/_B/A/|G/F/G/A/ GG| F>GAA|Ac c2|Ac d/c/_B/A/|A2G2| GA_BB|AcfA|GA_BB|Ac d/c/_B/A/| FGAA|AcfA|cA c/_B/A/G/|F4:|]

SPAW (THE). AKA – “The Spa,” "The Spaw Dance." Scottish, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). C Major (‘A’ part) & F Major (‘B’ part) {McGlashan}: D Major {Aird, Thompson}. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "The Spaw Dance" was a popular country dance of the 1770's and 1780's, judging by the number of period country dance volumes it was published in. The melody also appears in the 1788 music commonplace book of fiddlers John and William Pitt Turner (Norwich, Conn.), as do several tunes from Charles and Samuel Thompson’s third country dance collection (London, 1773).

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Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. II), 1785; No. 62, p. 23 (appears as “The Spa”). McGlashan (Collection of Scots Measures), c. 1780; p. 42. Straight and Skillern (Two Hundred and Four Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), c. 1775; No. 77, p. 39. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3), 1773; No. 23.

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