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 Theme code Index    3411 345L5L
 Also known as    Bonny Lass (2), Bonny Lass of Our Town, Ellingham Hall, Lasses of Our Town
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    England, Scotland
 Genre/Style    English, Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    Jig/Quadrille
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    6/4, 6/8
 Structure    AABBCC
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:John Johnson
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances vol. 3
 Tune and/or Page number    p.44
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1744
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
 Score   (1)   

X:1 T:Merry Dancers, The M:6/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune B:Walter Rainstorp music manuscript collection (1747, p. 12) F: N:The cover is inscribed “Walter Rainstorp, 1747. Bought in Cheap Side, N:London, 1747”. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G c2|B3A B2c2 G2E2|G3A G2 G4c2|B3A B2c2G2E2|D3D D2D4c2| B3AB2c2G2E2|G3A G2 G4 c2|Bcd2B2 c4B2|A2F2D2 D4:| |:c2|Bc d2B2 G2B2G2|Bc B2 G4c2|Bc d2B2G4B2|A2F2D2 D4c2| Bc d2 B2G2B2G2|Bc d2B2 2G4 e2|d2c2B2 c4B2|A2F2D2 D4:| |:g2|f2e2f2g2d2B2|g2e2B2 G4g2|f3e f2g2B2|A2F2D2 D3g2| f2e2f2g2d2B2|d2e2f2g2d2B2|c2a2c2 B2g2B2|A2F2D2 D4:|

X:1 T:Merry Dancers M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:Bremner - (Scots Reels), c. 1757 p. 94 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G c | (B>AB) cGE | GAG G2c | T(B>AB) cGE| DED D2c | T(B>AB) cGE | GAG c2e | dcB c2B | AFD D2 :| |: c | (B/c/d)B GAG | (B/c/d)B G2c | (B/c/d)B GAG | (F/G/A)F D2c | (B/c/d)B GAG | (B/c/d)B c2e | dcB c2B | AFD D2 :| |: g | T(f>ef) gdB | gdB G2g |T(fef) gdB | AFD D2g | T(f>ef) gdB | def gdB | cac BgB | AFD D2 :|]

X:2 T:Merry Dancers, The M:6/4 L:1/8 B:Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1 (London, 1757) Z:Transcribed and edited by Fynn Titford-Mock, 2007 Z:abc's:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G c2|TB3AB2 c2B2E2|G2A2G2 G4c2|B3AB2 c2G2E2|D2E2D2 D4c2| B3AB2 c2G2E2|G3AG2 G4c2|Bcd2B2 c4B2|A2F2D2 D4:| |:c2|(Bc)d2B2 G2B2G2|(bc)d2B2 G4c2|(Bc)d2B2 G2B2G2|(FG)A2F2 D4c2| (Bc)d2B2 G2B2G2|(Bc)d2B2 Tc4e2|d2c2B2 Tc4B2|A2F2D2 D4:| |:g2|f3ef2 g2d2B2|g2d2B2 G4g2|f3ef2 g2d2B2|A2F2D2 D4g2| f3ef2 g2e2B2|d2e2f2 g2d2B2|c2a2c2 B2g2B2|A2F2D2 D4:||

X:1 T:Merry Dancers, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1 (1782, No. 149, p. 52) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G c|BAB cGE|GAG G2c|BAB cGE|DED D2c| BAB cGE|GAG G2c|(B/c/d)B|AFD D2:| |:c|(B/c/d)B GAG|(B/c/d)B G2c|(B/c/d)B GAB|AFD D2c| (B/c/d)B GAG|B/c/dB c2e|dcB c2B|AFD D2:|] |:g|fef gdB|gdB G2g|fef gdB|AFD D2g| fef gdB|def gdB|c2a B2g|AFD D2:|]

X:1 T:Merry Dancers M: 6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:Abraham Mackintosh – “Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs, &c.” (c. 1797, p. 10) N:”Teacher of Dancing Newcastle-upon-Tyne” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G c|TB>AB cGE|G2G G2c|TB>AB cGE|D2D D2c| TB>AB cGE|GAB c2e|dcB (A/B/c).B|AFD D2:| |:c|(B/c/d).B GBG|(B/c/d).B G2c|(B/c/d).B GBG|AFD D2c| (B/c/d).B GBG|B/c/dB c2e|dcB (A/B/c).B|AFD D2:| |:g|f3 {ef}gdB|gdB g2g|f3 {ef}gdB|AFD D2g| f>ef gdB|def gdB|cac BgB|AFD D2:|

X:1 T:Merry Dancers M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig & Country Dance B:Morris/Maurice Hime – Forty Eight Original Irish Dances never Before Printed B:with Basses for the Piano-Forte (Dublin,1804, No. 18) F: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G c|B3 BGE|G2G G2c|B3 BGE|AFD D2c| B3 (BGE)|G2G G2B|cde dcB|AFD D3:| |:c|(B/c/d)B G2c|(B/c/d)B G2c|(B/c/d)B G2B|AFD D2c| (B/c/d)B G2c|(B/c/d)B G2d|gfe dcB|AFD D3:| |:f|gag gdB|GAG G2f|gag gdB|AFD D2f| gag gdB|ceg dcB|cde dcB|AFD D2:|]

X:268 T:The Merry Dancers N:Copied from Aird Selections vol. 1 (1782), but transposed N:from ‘G’ O: No 268 Wm Clarke MS Feltwell, Norfolk (1858) Z:Transcribed Mary Humphreys 2010 M:6/8 L:1/8 K:C f|ede fcA|cdc c2f|ede fcA|GAG G2f| ede fcA|edc c2f|e/f/ge f2e|dBG G2:| |:f|(e/f/ge) cdc|(e/f/ge)cde|dBA G2f| (e/f/ge) cdc|e/f/ge f2a|gfe f2e|dBG G2:| |: c'|bab c'ge|c'ge c2c'|bab c'ge|dBG G2 c'| bab c'ge|gab c'ge|f2 d'e2 c'|dBG G2:||

X:1 T:Merry Dancers Jig, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:Elias Howe – Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7 (Boston, 1880-1882, p. 605) B: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G c|BAB cGE|GAG G2c|BAB cGE|DED D2c| BAB cGE|GAG G2c|B/c/dB c2B|AFD D2:| |:c|B/c/dB GAG|B/c/dB G2c|B/c/dB GAB|AFD D2c| B/c/dB GAG|B/c/dB c2e|dcB c2B|AFD D2:| |:g|fef gdB|gdB G2g|fef gdB|AFD D2d| fef gdB|efg gdB|c2a B2g|AFD D2:|]