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 Theme code Index    13 24 34 27L
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 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    England
 Genre/Style    English
 Meter/Rhythm    Country Dance, Jig/Quadrille
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    6/8
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    Charles and Samuel Thompson
 Book/Manuscript title    Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances vol. 1
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 49
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1757
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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BRISTOL FAIR. English, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody first appeared in Sylvanus Urban's periodical The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronical (as "Bristol Fair, A Dance") printed in London in 1753. It was later published by John Johnson in Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 7 (London, 1756) and Charles and Samuel Thompson's 1757 country dance collection. In manuscript, it appears in the music copybooks of Cheapside, London, musician Walter Rainstorp (dated 1747) and Northumbrian musician William Vickers (1770). The name Bristol (Glouchestershire) is an Anglo-Saxon name, given as Bricgstow in 1063, 'the meeting place by the bridge.' The fair at Bristol was a major economic and cultural event, drawing traders and merchants from throughout England's West Country and Ireland.

Printed source: Seattle (William Vickers), 1987, Part 3; No. 524. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), 1757; No. 49.

T:Bristol Fair
B:Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1 (London, 1757)
Z:Transcribed and edited by Fynnian Titford-Mock, 2007
Z:abc's:AK/Fiddler's Companion 
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|:GBd gdB|gdB gdB|A^ce ae^c|ae^c ae^c|GBd gdB|gdB gdB|(AB/c/B) AGF|G3 G,3:||

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