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WAKEFIELD HUNT. English, Country Dance/Jig (6/8 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). A favorite English Country Dance. The melody, a 48-bar jig, was also entered into the 1787 music copybook of English musician John Sheperd, and the c. 1780 music manuscript of John Fife, who was perhaps from Perthshire. The the latter MS. it is entitled "Mr. Jackson's Delight Quickstep." It also appears in an anonymous c. 1795 MS from Yorkshire in the possession of the Vaughan Williams Library [1].

Wakefield [2] is a city in West Yorkshire, on the River Calder. The Wakefield Hunt, however, was given up in 1812.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Christian (A Playford Assembly), 2015; p. 127. Longman, Lukey & Broderip (Bride's Favourite Collection of 200 Select Country Dances, Cotillons), c. 1776; Section 3, p. 13. Thompson (Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1779), London, 1779; No. 1, p. 78. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Country Dances, vol. 4), 1780; p. 78.

Recorded sources: WT 011, Wild Thyme ‎– "Hunter's Moon" (1987).




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