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Colonial Music For You To Use In Your Classroom

If you want to practice the colonial dances that you have learned, here are sources for sheet music, recordings to purchase, and an MP3 file which is freely available for non-commercial use.

Here is the link to a MP3 file of Irish Washerwoman.  On the web page, click on the "MP3 files" link, and then on
"Irish Washerwoman.mp3".  Irish Washerwoman is a tune that was in use in colonial times, and the recording plays six times through the tune, which is long enough for dancing.  Some of the other MP3 files on the page may be of use to you, but most of them are too short for dancing.


Here are three CDs of colonial music for dancing which are currently available:

Colonial Social Dancing for Children : Music for the Dances
Jamestown Founders Ball
Yorktown Victory Ball : Historic Dances of 1781

Here are two websites where you can buy these CDs, and many other interesting recordings:

Country Dance & Song Society

The Colonial Music Institute


Sources for sheet music:

Irish Washerwoman

Fisher's Hornpipe

Flowers of Edinburgh


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