X:1 T:St. Albans M:6/4 L:1/8 N:”Longways for as many as will.” B:John Walsh – Complete Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Fourth B: (London, 1740, No. 118) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F c4c2 f3ed2|c4B2 A6|c2A2F2 d2B2G2|f2c2d2 A3G F2| c2A2c2f3ed2|c4B2 A4c2|d2A2c2^B2d2G2|g2d2f2 e3dc2|| g2e2c2 g4c2|a2f2d2 a4d2|g2e2^c2 A2a2d2|g2e2f2 e4d2| A2c2f2 B2d2g2|c2e2a2 d2f2b2|g3f g2 c2A2F2|f3g a2 g4f2||
ST. ALBANS. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The melody and instructions for a country dance were first published by London music publisher Henry Playford in his 'Dancing Master, 11th edition (1701, p. 259). It was retained in the long-running Dancing Master series through the 18th and final edition of 1728 (then published by John Young, heir to the Playford publishing concerns). "St. Albans" was also published by rival London publisher John Walsh's Compleat Country Dancing Master, editions of 1718, 1731 and 1754, and in his Compleat Country Dancing Master, Volume the Fourth (c. 1740).