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UNDER THE WATER. AKA - "Underneath the Water." English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody first appears in print in David Rutherford’s 'Choice Collection of Sixty of the Most Celebrated Country Dances (London, 1750). Subsequently it was published in John Johnson’s 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 7 (London, 1756), Charles and Samuel Thompson’s 1757 country dance collection, and Rutherford’s Complete Collection of 200 Country Dances, vol. 2 (London, 1760).

The tune also appears in the c. 1779 music manuscript of James Biggins, Leeds, Yorkshire, and the c. 1833 music copybook of J. Winter (Stanton, Gloucestershire).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 53. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), 1757; No. 76.

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