Dafydd's Collection of

Playford's English Country Dances

Just a little experiment

Does this work? Lovelace MMS Workbook



Transcribed and, as noted, reconstructed, by Dafydd for the dancers of the East Kingdom's Barony of Bhakail (though not exclusively)

All dances from the 1651 edition, unless otherwise noted.



Adsons Saraband 3 couple, line  
All a Mode de France 4 couple, line  
All in a Garden Green 3 couple, line  
Argeers 2 couples, facing (This is the only 1st edition ECD that I'm fairly certain cannot work as written, though it is not the only one with errors in the manuscript)
A Soldier's Life A line of as many as will  
An Old Man is a Bed Full of Bones A line of as many as will  
Aye me, or the Symphony 4 couple, line  
The Bath A line of as many as will  
Beggar Boy 3 couple, line  
Black Nag 3 couple, line (3rd Edition)
Blew Cap 3 couple, line  
Boate Man 3 couple, line  
Bobbing Joe A line of as many couples as will  
Bonny, Bonny Broome 4 couple, line  
Cast A Bell A line of as many couples as will  
Cheerily and Merrily 4 couple, line  
Chestnut 3 couple, line  
Chirping of the Lark 4 couple, line  
Chirping of the Nightingale A line of as many couples as will  
Confesse 6 people  
The Country Coll A line of as many couples as will  
Cuckolds All A Row 2 couple, facing  
Daphne 4 couples, line  
Dargason A column of men facing a column of the same number of women  
Dissembling Love 3 couple, line  
Drive the Cold Winter Away A line of as many couples as will  
Dull Sir John 4 couples in a square  
Faine I Would, If I Could 4 couple, line  
Fine Companion 4 couple, circle  
Friar and the Nun A line of as many couples as will  
Gathering Peascods A circle for as many couples as will  
Glory of the West 2 couple, facing "Fix" of the dance as commonly (formerly?) done - requires only a single repeat of the chorus (B) part.
Goddesses A line of as couples as will  
Gray's Inn Maske 4 couple, line  
Greenwood 3 couple, line  
Grimstock 3 couple, line  
The Gun A line of as many couples as will  
Half Hannikin A line of as many couples as will  
Have At Thy Coat, Old Woman A line of as many couples as will  
The Health 4 couple, line  
A Health to Betty A line of as many couples as will  
Heart's Ease 2 couple, facing  
Hit and Miss 2 couple, facing  
Hide Park 4 couple, square  
Hockley in the Hole A line of as many couples as will  
If All the World Were Paper 4 couple, line  
The Irish Lady, or Anniseed-water Robin A line of as many couples as will  
Irish Trot A line of as many couples as will  
Jack a Lent 3 couple, line  
Jack Pudding 3 couple, line  
Jenny Pluck Pears 3 couple, circle  
Jog On A line of as many couples as will  
Kemps Jegg 3 couple, circle  
Kettle Drum 4 couple, square  
Lady Lie Near Me A line of as many couples as will  
Lady Spellor 4 couple, line  
Lavena A line of as many couples as will  
The London Gentlewoman
or the Hemp-Dresser
A line of as many couples as will  
Lord Carnarvon's Jig 4 couple, line  
Lull Me Beyond Thee 4 couple, line  
Mage On A Cree 4 couple, circle  
The Maid Peeped Out at the Window
or The Frier in the Well
A line of as many couples as will  
Maiden Lane 3 couple, line  
The Merry Merry Milk Maids A line of as many couples as will  
Mill-field 4 couple, circle This is my own version of the very boring "as many as will" Playford instructions
Mill-field
(the Playford version)
a circle of as many as will  
The Milk Maid's Bob A line of as many couples as will  
Millison's Jig 3 couple, line The properly period Black Nag, written to be done 3 times in a row ...
Mundesse 3 couple, circle  
My Lady Cullen A line of as many couples as will  
New Boe Peep A line of as many couples as will  
The New Exchange 3 couple, line  
New New Nothing A line of as many couples as will  
Newcastle 4 couple, square  
The Night Peece 3 couple, line  
Nonesuch 4 couple, line This version fits the dance into 12 whole repeats and tweaks some minor points
Nonesuch (v2) 4 couple, line This version follows the source much more closely than is the normal convention, and requires 15 repeats of the music to complete.
Nonesuch (v3) 4 couple, line This version fixes an oversight in the previous version. It still requires 15 repeats of the music to complete.
The Old Mole 3 couple, line  
Once I Loved a Maiden Fair A line of as many couples as will  
Parson's Farewell 2 couples, facing  
Paul's Steeple A line of as many couples as will  
Paul's Wharfe A line of as many couples as will  
Peppers Black 4 couple, square This is Sorcha's modified version of Playford's "as many as will" version
Peppers Black
(the Playford version)
a circle of as many as will  
Petticoat Wag A line of as many couples as will  
Picking of Sticks 3 couple, line  
Prince Rupert's March 4 couple, line  
Punk's Delight A line of as many couples as will  
The Rose is White, the Rose is Red A line of as many couples as will  
Row Well Ye Marriners A line of as many couples as will  
Rufty Tufty 2 couple, facing  
The Saraband A line of as many couples as will  
Saturday Night and Sunday Morn A line of as many couples as will  
Scotch Cap 3 couple, line  
Shepheard's Holyday 3 couple, line  
Skellemafago A line of as many as will  
The Slip A line of as many as will  
The Spanyard 4 couple, line  
Spanish Jeepsie 4 couple, line  
Staines Morris A line of as many couples as will  
Step Stately 3 couple, line  
Stingo, or the Oyle of Barley 3 couple, line  
St Martin's 2 couple, facing  
Tom Tinker A line of as many couples as will  
Up Tails All A line of as many couples as will  
Upon a Summer's Day 3 couple, line  
Wherligig 3 couple, line  
The Whish 3 couple, line  
Woodicock 3 couple, line  



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