Party Like It’s 1799

A couple of Saturdays ago, I got to dress up in 18th century period dress and play music for a colonial New England dance at the Wyman Tavern Festival.

It was originally going to be a duo performance, with me on guitar and harmonica and Garrett Cameron on banjo ukulele, but Joe Sykes showed up with his fiddle and joined in.

Our stage was an old stable, and it was overcast, so we were spared the sweltering temperatures described by veterans of last year’s festival. Also, long sleeves, stockings and britches did a good job of protecting us from mosquito bites.

I learned a set of English Country Dance tunes for this event, from the blue Barnes book: The Black Nag, Hit and Miss, I Care Not for These Ladies, Jefferson and Liberty, The Physical Snob, Rufty Tufty, and Sellengers Round.

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