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Most of the pages include music – the score, a midi file to hear the tune, and a pdf which includes the original tune plus additional tunes to compliment the set. Where possible, additional tunes are taken from the same source: for example, Botany Bay which comes from Skillern’s Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1788 is presented in the pdf with Six Spanards.
The midi files are mostly computer generated and included purely to give an impression of the melody and tempo, rather than a recording suitable for dancing. In time we hope to produce a CD especially for dancing.

Lady Franklin’s Reel

  “…the assemblage was brilliant, the punch superlative, and the dancing extremely active, if not elegant.” Jane Franklin1, Government House, Hobart, 1838 Most histories of the Franklins concentrate on Sir John’s explorations and disappearance in the Arctic, supplemented with stories … Continue reading

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Australian Quadrille Music

William Ellard’s Much Admired Australian Quadrille 1835 “The much admired Australian Quadrilles, published in Dublin by our enterprising fellow colonist, Mr. Ellard, of Hunter-street, Sydney. There is a simplicity and beauty in the former which we are sure will attract … Continue reading

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