jww4’s eleven comments

  • The Taylor’s Measure

    From William Vickers' collection. more…

  • Bristol Wells / The Tea Room

    The "A" part of Bristol Wells is almost the same as that of a tune called The Tea Room in William Vickers' collection (number 272 in "The Great Northern Tunebook"). more…

  • Woodward’s Rant

    I found this tune in the July 1753 issue of the Universal Magazine. Aloys Fleischmann lists it in his Sources of Traditional Irish Music, c. 1600-1855. The title likely refers to Henry Woodward (1714-1777), an English actor, dancer, and singer who perform... more…

  • The Irish Hero, or Blakeney Forever

    I found this charming tune in the October 1756 issue of The Universal Magazine. The title refers to William Blakeney (1672-1761), commander of the besieged British garrison at Fort St. Philip on the Spanish island of Minorca in 1756. Admiral John Byng was... more…

  • Oops... I didn't see the verses on the second page. This stuff just gets better and better... more…

  • Yes, I would say it's English. The Universal Magazine was published in London but circulated throughout the British Isles and even the American colonies (it shows up in a Colonial Williamsburg index). I have copied all the dance tunes in the volumes that ... more…

  • Ha! I think I would have to hear it on an accordion to be fully convinced... ;) more…

  • Bristol Wells

    A country dance from the supplement to the 1755 volume of the Universal Magazine. more…

  • Yes, I agree, it has a contra dance feel to it. I don't recall there ever being any dancing of that sort in our corner of the world (small town in the Midwest), but McCrory traveled widely and I imagine the tune popped into his head as he was setting off ... more…

  • C: P. W. McCrory

    Well, McCrory was actually my high-school math teacher, but he knew enough about music to impart the basics. I mostly learned tunes from him (and have mostly forgotten them). This is one of the few that has hung around for some reason. Recently I have bee... more…