The Queen of May

In William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book: Country Dance and Popular Tunes from the Manuscript of a Nineteenth Century Somerset Village Shoemaker, this appears in a section marked “Some Scottish tunes”. It’s an interesting question (well, it’s a question anyway) how anybody knows where a given tune comes from, or if they don’t, what makes them believe that it is. So what made William Winter (or the editor, I don’t know who categorised it) decide that The Queen of May is Scottish? You could write a whole DPhil on such matters, and indeed I know someone who does.

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Graham Lee

Plays the tunes.

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