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.
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