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Playlist of English Country Dances

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  • English Country Dances - 17Th Century Music - J.Playford,D.Douglass,P.ODette,A.Lawrence-King

    1:17:39

    English Country Dances - 17Th Century Music From The Publications Of John Playford (David Douglass, Paul O'Dette, Andrew Lawrence-King)

    Original Release Date: May 10, 1998
    Label: harmonia mundi
    Copyright: (c) 1998 harmonia mundi usa
    Total Length: 1:17:31
    Genres: Classical

    TRACKLIST:
    1 Tom Scarlett 2:59
    2 Old Simon The King 3:44
    3 Another Divison On A Ground By Mr. John Bannister 9:53
    4 Moll Peatly, Or The Old Marinett 2:15
    5 The Bear's Dance 4:25
    6 Hudson House 1:52
    7 Sir Martin Marah's Jigg 2:07
    8 Fy Nay, Prithee John! 2:21
    9 Paul's Steeple, Or The Duke Of Norfolk 3:34
    10 The Glory Of The West 1:37
    11 The Mock Glory Of The West 1:53
    12 The Glory Of The Sun 4:00
    13 Faronell's Division On A Ground 7:26
    14 Prelude 1:16
    15 Long Cold Nights 7:44
    16 Johney Cock Thy Beaver: Scotch Tune To A Ground 2:30
    17 Greene-Sleeves 3:47
    18 Stingo, Or The Oyle Of Barly 1:09
    19 Cockleshells 5:28
    20 Another Division On A Ground By Mr. P.B. 3:25
    21 The Queen's Jigg 3:58



    These selections of English Country Dances from the publications of the English music publisher John Playford are recorded and played so well as to relegate any criticism to spoiled grapes. Perhaps a musicologist might carp on some fine points, but then again probably not - musicologists actually enjoy a good tune, too. There is a nice couple pages of notes by Jack Ashworth on the historical background of the music, and a further short page by David Douglass on how he envisioned the 'nature' of several of the pieces. There is also a French translation following the English notes. Seven instruments are mixed higgledy-piggledy as the performers deem best - a copy of a 1652 Amati Violin, and copies of a Theorbo, a Cittern, a 16-string harp, an Italian Double Harp, an Irish Harp, and a Guitar. For the curious Douglass plays the violin only, but offers playing consanguineous with his name.
    Among the choices cut 15 - Long Cold Nights - seems almost New Age in its evocation of the heavens: one might be in Big Sur looking up at the stars. The many other pieces come in divers moods and tempi, with great care given to which instruments are employed. It's difficult to imagine anyone disliking such engaging tunes, such joy in their making. The recording is of course digital so it helps to have a system capable of taming the inevitable string stridencies, but that said - if you like music from this period, or are curious, this CD offers a wonderful selection.


    Painting: The Country Dance - Jean-Antoine Watteau, 1684-1721

  • English Country Dances - 17Th Century Music

    1:17:39

    English Country Dances - 17Th Century Music From The Publications Of John Playford (David Douglass, Paul O'Dette, Andrew Lawrence-King) Original Release Date: May 10, 1998 Label: harmonia mundi Copyright: (c) 1998 Genres: Classical

    TRACKLIST:

    1 Tom Scarlett

    2 Old Simon The King

    3 Another Divison On A Ground By Mr. John Bannister

    4 Moll Peatly, Or The Old Marinett

    5 The Bear's Dance

    6 Hudson House

    7 Sir Martin Marah's Jigg

    8 Fy Nay, Prithee John!

    9 Paul's Steeple, Or The Duke Of Norfolk

    10 The Glory Of The West

    11 The Mock Glory Of The West

    12 The Glory Of The Sun

    13 Faronell's Division On A Ground

    14 Prelude

    15 Long Cold Nights

    16 Johney Cock Thy Beaver: Scotch Tune To A Ground

    17 Greene-Sleeves

    18 Stingo, Or The Oyle Of Barly

    19 Cockleshells

    20 Another Division On A Ground By Mr. P.B.

    21 The Queen's Jigg

    Painting: The Country Dance - Jean-Antoine Watteau, 1684-1721



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  • English Country Dances

    2:15

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    English Country Dances · Mary Neumann

    Welcome Yule: An English Christmas Revels

    ℗ 2010 Revels Records

    Released on: 2010-07-01

    Artist: Mary Neumann
    Artist: Laura Gulley
    Artist: Daniel Rowe
    Composer: Henry Purcell

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  • Old English Country Dances

    2:27

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    Old English Country Dances · Kalevi Kiviniemi and Markku Krohn

    The Battle - Organ Music from The Gothic Period, Renaissance and Early Baroque

    ℗ 1995 Finlandia Records

    Organ: Kalevi Kiviniemi
    Percussion: Markku Krohn
    Composer: John Playford

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  • English Country Dances: Rufty Tufty

    1:31

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    English Country Dances: Rufty Tufty · Musica Pacifica

    Dancing in the Isles

    ℗ 2010 Musica Pacifica

    Released on: 2010-10-20

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  • English Country Dance Basics

    45:05

    The dancing you see in Jane Austen movies. Basic figures with calls (terms). English Country Dance was the most popular dance form in the courts of Europe from the 1600s to the 1800s. (Truly the first “English Invasion”.) It was easy enough for less capable dancers but still allowed excellent dancers to show off their grace, precision and charisma. It also allowed opportunities for dancers to tease and flirt while safe from the ears of their elders.

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  • English Country Dances: Newcastle

    1:57

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    English Country Dances: Newcastle · Musica Pacifica

    Dancing in the Isles

    ℗ 2010 Musica Pacifica

    Released on: 2010-10-20

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  • English Country Dances

    4:18

    English Country Dances

  • The Broadside Band ‘Portsmouth’ English Country Dances from Playford’s Dancing Master 1651 1703

    3:04

    The Broadside Band ‘Portsmouth’ English Country Dances from Playford’s Dancing Master 1651-1703 Portsmouth is a traditional English folk dance tune, similar to an Irish or Scottish hornpipe melody. It is sometimes referred to as the Portsmouth Hornpipe.
    Portsmouth appeared in the 11th edition of John Playford's The Dancing Master in 1701. It is also one of the three arrangements on which English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams based his Sea Songs, originally arranged for military band in 1923 as the second movement of his English Folk Song Suite,[3] and subsequently re-arranged for full orchestra in 1942 by the composer.[4] In the 1950s it was used as the signature tune for BBC television series Billy Bunter. Jeremy Barlow formed The Broadside Band in 1979 to perform popular and dance music from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Since then the group has made many recordings of this repertoire and has toured throughout Europe. Other CDs of Renaissance dance music include Danses populaires françaises du XVI siècle (Harmonia Mundi), English Country Dances and Songs and Dances. I used to go to see the Broadside Band perform upstairs at the Market Porter Public House, Southwark, London back in the 1980’s, and if you didn’t get there early, then I doubt you could get in, the place was packed

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  • English Country Dances 20

    3:26

    Another Division on a Ground by Mr. P.B.
    David Douglass, Paul O'Dette, Andrew Lawrence-King

  • English Country Dances

    4:58

    English Country Dances
    Berkeley Community Church
    Denver, Colorado

    Tune ~ Lord Byron's Maggot



    Please come and join us for our fall dances:

    Saturday, October15th

    Friday, November 18th

    There is no lesson, and figures are taught as needed. Easier dances at the beginning of the evening lead up to more elegant and graceful dances by the end of the evening. No partner or previous experience needed.

    ~ ~ ~ For more info, call 303 321-2262.

    8:00 - 11:00 p.m., adults $10, teens/students, $5,
    family rate, $25.
    8:00 - 11:00 p.m., at the Berkeley Community Church, 3701 West 50th Ave. in Denver (near Regis)

  • The Broadside Band Childgrove English Country Dances Playfords Dancing Master 1651 1703

    4:10

    The Broadside Band CHILDGROVE English Country Dances from Playford’s Dancing Master 1651-1703 (Child Grove). English (originally), American; Air, March or Country Dance Tune (2/2 time). USA; New England, Northwest. D Dorian or D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune, still popular at English country- and American contra-dances, dates to 1701 when it appeared in the 11th edition of London publisher John Playford's Dancing Master. It was retained in the long-running series of Dancing Master editions through the 18th and final edition of 1728. Other early printings were by Walsh in the Compleat Country Dancing Master (London, editions of 1718 and 1747).

    There is a small village called Childgrove near Chichester, but so far there is no known collection with the title of Playford's country dance and tune. Researcher Graham Christian [1] suggests the title may have been Child's Grove, perhaps named for Sir Josiah Child (c. 1630-1699), a wealthy merchant who became Governor of the East India Company, and a very powerful man indeed. Child purchased the estate of Wanstead House in Essex in 1673, and Christian speculates the title may in some way be connected with either the estate or its gardens and grounds.
    Jeremy Barlow formed The Broadside Band in 1979 to perform popular and dance music from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Since then the group has made many recordings of this repertoire and has toured throughout Europe. Other CDs of Renaissance dance music include Danses populaires françaises du XVI siècle (Harmonia Mundi), English Country Dances and Songs and Dances. I used to go to see the Broadside Band perform upstairs at the Market Porter Public House, Southwark, London back in the 1980’s, and if you didn’t get there early, then I doubt you could get in, the place was packed

  • English Country Dances: Irish Lamentation

    3:00

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    English Country Dances: Irish Lamentation · Musica Pacifica

    Dancing in the Isles

    ℗ 2010 Musica Pacifica

    Released on: 2010-10-20

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  • Dances From the English Dancing Master: Moll Peatly

    2:10

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    Dances From the English Dancing Master: Moll Peatly · Folger Consort

    This England: Music From the Time of Shakespeare

    ℗ 2007 BARD

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • Musica Pacifica in concert: English Country Dances

    9:44

    Musica Pacifica at their 2010 Berkeley Early Music Festival concert entitled Dancing in the Isles at the Berkeley City Club, June 12, 2010.

    Pieces included are all arranged by Musica Pacifica:
    Newcastle
    Rufty Tufty
    Irish Lamentation
    Scotch Cap
    Jack's Maggot

    Judith Linsenberg, recorder
    Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
    David Morris, viola da gamba
    Charles Sherman, harpsichord

    with special guests
    Robert Mealy, violin
    Charles Weaver, theorbo/guitar
    Peter Maund, percussion.

    CD available at

  • English Country Dances tunes

    3:17

    On gut strings ('A' 415) ...Indian Queen, Rufty Tufty, Argeers, and The Touchstone

  • English Country Dances: Jacks Maggot

    1:42

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    English Country Dances: Jack's Maggot · Musica Pacifica

    Dancing in the Isles

    ℗ 2010 Musica Pacifica

    Released on: 2010-10-20

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  • Concord, NH English Country Dance-2020-2=082

    8:51

    February 9, 2020- Rich Jackson leading with music by Bruce Cobb on fiddle, Justine Paul on Keyboard, sitting in, Betsy Woodman w/winds. The Concord, New Hampshire English Country Dance is held at the Howard Recreation Center at the NH Hospital/Gallen State office park off Pleasant St. in Concord, NH.
    I have more information, photo albums and YouTube links at
    Tune The Bishop

  • Concord, NH English Country Dance-2020-2=086

    5:08

    February 9, 2020- Rich Jackson leading with music by Bruce Cobb on fiddle, Justine Paul on Keyboard, sitting in, Betsy Woodman w/winds. The Concord, New Hampshire English Country Dance is held at the Howard Recreation Center at the NH Hospital/Gallen State office park off Pleasant St. in Concord, NH.
    I have more information, photo albums and YouTube links at
    Tune - Yellow Stockings

  • Concord, NH English Country Dance-2020-2=088

    5:35

    February 9, 2020- Rich Jackson leading with music by Bruce Cobb on fiddle, Justine Paul on Keyboard, sitting in, Betsy Woodman w/winds. The Concord, New Hampshire English Country Dance is held at the Howard Recreation Center at the NH Hospital/Gallen State office park off Pleasant St. in Concord, NH.
    I have more information, photo albums and YouTube links at
    Tune - Jack's Health

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  • English Country Dances - an overview

    2:47

    Glimpses of each arrangement accompanied by 3 of the tunes: To Drive the Cold Winter Away, Upon a Summer's Day and Broom the Bonny Bonny Broom. Arrangemnets from Playford's collections by Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher, Therese Honey and Ellen Tepper.

  • English Country Dances ~ Denver, Colorado

    6:37

    English Country Dances

    at Berkeley Community Church

    Denver, Colorado

  • Concord, NH English Country Dance-2020-2=089

    6:52

    February 9, 2020- Rich Jackson leading with music by Bruce Cobb on fiddle, Justine Paul on Keyboard, sitting in, Betsy Woodman w/winds. The Concord, New Hampshire English Country Dance is held at the Howard Recreation Center at the NH Hospital/Gallen State office park off Pleasant St. in Concord, NH.
    I have more information, photo albums and YouTube links at
    Tune - Key to the Cellar

  • Concord, NH English Country Dance-2020-2=080

    6:12

    February 9, 2020- Rich Jackson leading with music by Bruce Cobb on fiddle, Justine Paul on Keyboard, sitting in, Betsy Woodman w/winds. The Concord, New Hampshire English Country Dance is held at the Howard Recreation Center at the NH Hospital/Gallen State office park off Pleasant St. in Concord, NH.
    I have more information, photo albums and YouTube links at
    Tune - Indian Queen

  • English Country Dances: Scotch Cap

    1:13

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    English Country Dances: Scotch Cap · Musica Pacifica

    Dancing in the Isles

    ℗ 2010 Musica Pacifica

    Released on: 2010-10-20

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  • English Country Dance

    56

    At monthly contradances in Halifax, Nova Scotia, similar traditional English and Scottish dances are also done. Instruction is given before each dance and anyone is welcome. Great tradtional tunes are played by Gordon Stobbe's band.
    Here is an article about Contra Dances in Halifax:

  • English Country Dancing in Delaware and Alexandria slideshow

    2:02

    Dover English Country Dancers (
    Pictures from Gadsby's Tavern Jane Austen Ball in Alexandria VA, Chestertown Tea Party, Church Hill party and Pemberton Plantation demo.
    The first song is Chestnut, the second is She's Sweetest by Laura Risk. See her website on myspace.com for more music!

  • ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCES @ BERK CHURCH

    9:43

    English Country Dances

    Berk Church ~ Denver, Colorado

  • Concord, NH English Country Dance-2020-2=084

    7:48

    February 9, 2020- Rich Jackson leading with music by Bruce Cobb on fiddle, Justine Paul on Keyboard, sitting in, Betsy Woodman w/winds. The Concord, New Hampshire English Country Dance is held at the Howard Recreation Center at the NH Hospital/Gallen State office park off Pleasant St. in Concord, NH.
    I have more information, photo albums and YouTube links at
    Tune - Well Hall

  • English Country Dancing

    3:21

    English Country Dancing workshop session in Durham, North Carolina, at Sun Assembly's 2007 Spring DanceFest led by Bruce Hamilton. More info at

  • AACTMAD Advanced English Country Dance - 10

    2:18

    10 - Charlene's Celebration - a four couple set longways. Dance by Gary Roodman (pub. 2005) to Elizabethan Tango Man by Charlene Thomson. On strings - Susie Lorand, on winds - Susan Lazar, on the piano - Judi Emery Morningstar. Glen Morningstar Jr is prompting.

  • English Country Dances 15

    7:45

    Long Cold Nights
    David Douglass, Paul O'Dette, Andrew Lawrence-King

  • Concord, NH English Country Dance-2020-2=081

    5:14

    February 9, 2020- Rich Jackson leading with music by Bruce Cobb on fiddle, Justine Paul on Keyboard, sitting in, Betsy Woodman w/winds. The Concord, New Hampshire English Country Dance is held at the Howard Recreation Center at the NH Hospital/Gallen State office park off Pleasant St. in Concord, NH.
    I have more information, photo albums and YouTube links at
    Tune - Alice

  • English Country Dances in Denver

    10:14

    English Country Dances in Denver

    Berkeley Community Church

    Denver, Colorado

  • STEAM! playing English Country Dances

    17:58

    Excerpts from four English Country Dances, 8 Dec 2019, Albuquerque NM. Band: STEAM! ( Caller: Noralyn Parsons.

    Details of dances:
    Terpsicourante (0-2:54) a Gary Roodman dance (4-couple set dance) from 2000, published in A Number of Calculated Figures. The music is adapted from “Courante” from Terpsichore by Michael Praetorius, apparently approx 1583.

    Atossa’s Gift (3:00-7:50) The dance (longways duple minor) choreographed by Scott Higgs(2017), was commissioned by Kit French (of Albuquerque) to honor the 3 Atossa’s in his life - his grandmother, his mother, and his sister. The tune Love for Three Generations was written in 2017 for the dance by Clara Byom, also of Albuquerque (More on the dance at:

    Love and a Bottle (7:55-10:00) (3-couple set dance) was published in Playford's The Dancing Master Vol 2, 1710. Named for George Farqhuar’s play, Love and a Bottle, which came out in 1698; it was his first comedy.

    Jack’s Maggot (12:27 - end) (longways duple minor) has a date of 1702, from Playford’s Dancing Master Vol 1.

  • English Country Dancing

    1:51

    English Country Dance workshop session in Durham, North Carolina, at Sun Assembly's 2008 Spring DanceFest led by Gene Murrow. More info at

  • .Terpsicourante

    3:13

    Terpsicourante by Gary Roodman being danced at the Fairfield , Iowa Annual Bare Necessities Weekend 2011.Teaching and prompting is by Joanna Reiner. The music is by members of Bare Necessites - Peter Barnes(winds), Earl Gaddis(violin), and Jacqueline Schwab(piano).

  • Concord, NH English Country Dance-2020-2=079

    7:12

    February 9, 2020- Rich Jackson leading with music by Bruce Cobb on fiddle, Justine Paul on Keyboard, sitting in, Betsy Woodman w/winds. The Concord, New Hampshire English Country Dance is held at the Howard Recreation Center at the NH Hospital/Gallen State office park off Pleasant St. in Concord, NH.
    I have more information, photo albums and YouTube links at
    Tune - The Mulberry Garden

  • English Country Dance prompted by Ray Bantle at Ann Arbor Dawn Dance Weekend

    2:44

    On flute we have Susan Lazar, on violin is Susie Lorand, and on piano we have Debbi Jackson. This is a nice lively tune.

  • Newcastle English country dancers - Mage on a Cree

    1:35

    Newcastle English country dancers perform the dance of Mage on a Cree (to the tune of Lilibulero) at the Renaissance pleasure faire.

  • AACTMAD Advanced English Country Dance

    2:02

    The dance is Lover's Knot, a longways duple minor improper. Written by Jim Kitch, pub. 1990, to the tune Black and Grey. Glen Morningstar, Jr. is providing the prompts. On violin - Brad Battey, Jr., on viola - Susie Lorand, and on piano - Judi Morningstar.

  • Four Colonial Country Dances, mvt. 1 ~ Metropolitan Wind Symphony

    2:16

    Four Colonial Country Dances, Introduction and the Humor of Boston by James Curnow
    Performed by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony
    March 8, 2009
    Live in Lexington, MA

  • Jacks Health/Jacob Halls Jigs English Country Dance Tunes

    3:16

    Jack's Health/Jacob Hall's Jigs English Country Dance tunes c1700 performed in concert by the Zekley Family Band. December 15, 2007
    Corwin age 11.
    Fiddle, Wooden Flute and Piano
    Mickie, Corwin and Elizabeth
    familyband.net
    corwin.us
    celticweddingmusic.net

  • Musica Pacifica performs English Country Dances

    7:56

    Recorded live at the Coal Seller's Concert in Palo Alto, CA Oct. 31, 2008. Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; David Morris, viola da gamba; Charles Sherman, harpsichord. With special guest Robert Mealy, violin and Peter Maund, percussion

  • English Country Dancing

    3:04

    English Country Dancing workshop session in Durham, North Carolina, at Sun Assembly's 2007 Spring DanceFest led by Bruce Hamilton. More info at

  • Concord English Country Dance~8608

    6:51

    Concord English Country Dance~
    January 12, 2014 at the Presidential Oaks in Concord, NH
    Dave Bateman Leading with music by Bruce Cobb on Fiddle ~ Justine Paul on Piano
    Also Sylvia Miskoe on accordion and Brian Mokler on fiddle
    I have more information, photo albums and YouTube links at:
    The dance is Bar a Bar form Walsh 2d Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master 2a 1719. interpreted by Fried de Metz Herman
    Tune-Bar a Bar

  • Concord English Country Dance-399

    5:32

    Concord English Country Dance, October 9, 2010 ~ Rich Jackson as Dance Leader & Miriam Newman, guest leader ~ music by Bruce Cobb on fiddle and Jean Monroe on piano. I have more information, photo albums and YouTube links at:
    Tune--Ten for the Ten Commandments

  • Knives & Forks English dance at Laura Steins 75th at Looking Glass

    3:28

    We are in Fellowship Hall of CUMC and The Latter Day Lizards are working their magic on the English dancers. Bill Tomczak on sax and clarinet, Dave Langford on violin, and Peter Barnes on the piano. Wonderful session - good warm-up for the evening contra dance which will follow the sumptuous pot luck we are looking forward to.

  • English Country Dance featuring Giant Robot Dance

    7:20

    Jane Austen meets Jerry Garcia! A wild afternoon of elegant dances called by Melissa Running and lovely music played in ridiculous ways by Giant Robot Dance!

    Stately Baroque piano combining with mind-blowing electric guitar and dueling trombones. Dancers satisfying their inner rock child while floating gracefully around the dance floor!

    The dance is Emperor of the Moon composed by Motley, from The Dancing-Master 8th ed. 1690. The dance is a Longways duple minor in 2/2 time... Andrew Shaw’s reconstruction of the dance is in (his book) Emperor of the Moon.

    Giant Robot Dance is Michael and Alex Ferguson, Aaron and Andrew Marcus, and Noah and Andrew VanNorstrand

  • AACTMAD hosts an Advanced English Country Dance - 7

    5:55

    7 - All Saints Day by David Ashworth. Music: Chestnut, 2/2, Am. Longways proper. On strings - Susie Lorand, on winds - Susan Lazar, on piano - Judi Emery Morningstar. Prompting this event - Glen Morningstar Jr.

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