Black Nag (2) (The)
BLACK NAG , THE. English, Jig and Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). D Minor (Barnes, Karpeles, Raven, Sharp, Spandaro): A Minor (Brody, Carlin). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB (Sharp): AABB (most versions). The tune was first published in 1657 by Playford (see "Black Nag (1) (The)"). The melody has gained some currency in modern times in American countra dance cirles where as a jig it is the vehicle for a set dance for three couples, as well retaining popularity with English country dance enthusiasts.
Source for notated version: Fennigs All Star String Band (N.Y.) [Brody].
Printed Sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 48. Carlin (English Concertina), 1977; p. 19. S. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician No. 6: Jigs), 1982 (revised 1989, 2001); p. 6. Karpeles & Schofield (A Selection of 100 English Folk Dance Airs), 1951; pp. 13 & 46. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 24. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 22. Spandaro (10 Cents a Dance), 1980; p. 22.
Recorded Sources: CDS 6 (Country Dance & Song Society), Merril & Barron--"By Popular Demand." Front Hall 015, Jack Walton and Roger Nicholson - "Bygone Days." Front Hall 010, Fennigs All Star String Band - "The Hammered Dulcimer Strikes Again." Front Hall 017, Michael and McCreesh - "Dance, Like a Wave of the Sea" (1978). North Star NS0031, "Dance Across the Sea: Dances and AIrs from the Celtic Highlands" (1990).
See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources 
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