Nancy’s Waltz was composed by Chris Romaine from the Washington, DC area. It’s widely known and liked in the contra dance scenes of the Northeastern and Northwestern USA. It was recorded by Rodney Miller, by Natalie MacMaster, and possibly by others. Bill Matthiesen transcribed it in his first _Waltz Book_. See "www.bfv.com/waltz/waltz1.html".
A great tune.
Those Kaynor links ~
i think it’s a lovely tune. i start it d e f#. I learnt it about ten years ago from a Yorkshireman who told me it was a Northumberland tune. (UK)
Second setting (X: 2)
the second setting is transcribed from the playing of Rachel Baiman here:
(second tune after about 2:30)
There are some fine versions of this tune just been posted over on the Mandolin Cafe site, in the Song-A-Week social group. This link should get you to the page, I hope.
Played with swing
Hi John, regarding the versions of Nancy’s Waltz posted on the mandolincafe site, note that this tune should, I think, be played swung rather than straight. The second recording on that thread is from my transcription of Rachel Baiman (who plays it swung). except that, strangely, a G note is played after the high C# instead of an F#.