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Posted By: Mick Pearce (MCP)
17-Oct-11 - 05:47 PM
Thread Name: Barbara Allen earliest version?
Subject: RE: Barbara Allen earliest version?
Stower - Thanks - we aim to please!

I don't know if you noticed, but there's another volume there (v1 I think, but I didn't check the tunes against the index; of course I got the wrong one first when I was looking earlier): Caledonian Pocket Companion V1?, 1745.

I should have added that the tune is not with words there, so (as Simpson would probably point out) it's not certain that the tune was used for the song. (But in this case I think it's quite likely).

It would be possible to use the Roud Index (Roud No=54, Type=Book, Contents=Music) :Roud Index Search - Barbara Allen Music in Books, and check the 269 entries for any earlier dates (I don't think the search is set up for a date range). If anyone's feeling in the mood...