Twin Sisters (4)

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Twin Sisters (4). AKA and see "The Keel Row," "Smiling Polly." English, Country Dance Tune (2/2 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Karpeles, Raven): AABB (Ford). Published before 1730, according to Raven. The tune is generally known as the Northumbrian favourite “The Keel Row.” Ford prints a (presumably American) square dance to the tune that goes:
First two ladies join hands, accompanied by the first two gentlemen,'and chasse down center and back to place. First two gents join hands,'accompanied by the first two ladies on the outside, and chasse down'center and back to place. First couple chasse down center and back,'then chasse down center, cast off right and left, and return to place.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; pg. 67. Karpeles & Schofield (A Selection of 100 English Folk Dance Airs), 1951; p. 9. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 23.

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