X: 1 T:Swallowfield Boys. PFD3.047 B:Playford, Dancing Master Vol 3, 2nd Ed, c1726 Z:village music project Ruairidh Greig 2015 M:C| L:1/4 Q:1/4=180 K:A a>ba>g|f>ga>A|A>f (g/f/)(e/d/)|c2A2| =c2B>c|A>GF>E|D>de(d/c/)|d2D2|| =c2B>c|A>GF>E|D>f (g/f/)(e/d/)|c2A2| a>bag|f>ga>A|A>ab(a/g/)|a2A2|] W:Each strain twice over W:The 1st cu. go the whole Figure thro' the 2d. cu. then cast off, and leasd with-in-side of the W:1 cu. and cast up into the 2d cu. place:| then lead up thro' the 2d. cu. and cast off, then W:Right and Left-hands round and Sett your Partner, and cast off:|
SWALLOWFIELD BOYS. English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Directions for a country dance and the melody "Swallowfield Boys" were printed by London music publisher John Young, in his Third Volume of the Dancing Master, 2nd edition (1726), followed by and John Walsh, in The New Country Dancing Master (1728). Dance directions for "Swallowtail Boys" were also printed in the Saturday, Sept. 28th, 1734, edition of The Weekly Amusement: or, The Universal Magazine (p. 197), London.
Swallowfield is a village in Berkshire county, south-central England, on the River Blackwater.