Welcome to my online collection of English country dance tunes! Most of them date from the 18th century – a time when the dividing line between folk music and art music was blurred and each style fed off the other. The tunes come from either published manuscripts or personal tunebooks of the time and most have been gathering dust on library shelves for at least 200 years. The primary aim of this website is to get them played again!
It’s a ongoing project of mine and I’ll be sporadically adding more tunes as and when I find them. It hopefully goes without saying that anyone is more than welcome to use them for any purpose they like, but it would be nice if you could tell me if you’re going to record them or use them for public performance: not so that I can pester you for money and recognition – purely for my own interest. As I say, anything that gets them back out into the public eye can only be a useful and worthwhile thing and one that I’d love to hear about.
I’ve indexed the tunes alphabetically and by time signature as I don’t necessarily feel that labels like ‘slip jig’, ‘hornpipe’ and ‘polka’ are helpful to the uninitiated (not to mention ‘maggot’, ‘paspy’ and ‘joak’!) I hope you find the site fairly easy to navigate on that basis.
If you’d like to get in touch with any questions, feedback or comments regarding the site please drop me a line at
chrisgreenmusic ‘at’ gmail.com
(substitute @ for ‘at’. Sorry to be a bit cloak-and-dagger about this, but I have no desire to receive opportunities to assist stranded Nigerian businessmen or for that matter to enlarge any of my external organs.)
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you find what you’re looking for.