Wooden Shoes (2)

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WOODEN SHOES [2]. AKA and see "Britains (1) (The)." English, Country Dance Tune (2/2 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. “Wooden Shoes” first appears in the 8th edition of Henry Playford’s Apollos’s Banquet, Choice New Tunes, Ayres, and Jiggs (London, 1701), under the title “The Wooden Shew Dance.” It next appears in Playford’s Dancing Master, 12th edition, printed in London in 1703. It was retained in all subsequent editions of the long-running series, through the 18th, published by John Young in 1728. It was picked up by the Walsh’s for their own The Compleat Country Dancing Master published in London in 1718 (the melody also appears in the edition of 1731), and by John Johnson for Wright’s Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances, vol 2 (London, 1742). The title is given variously as “Wooden Shoos,” “Wooden Shooes,” or “Wooden Shoes.” As “Wooden Shoes or Bart. Fair” dance instructions appear in the commonplace book of James Alexander, under the heading “List of Dances in N.Y. 1730.”

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Printed sources : - Barlow (The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford’s Dancing Master), 1985; No. 519, p. 116. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; p. 146. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 611.

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