Eighty English Dance Tunes is Nick’s latest tunebook. The material is based on 18th and 19th manuscript sources, carefully chosen and tested as dance tunes by Nick. The book is beautifully produced and professionally printed on good quality paper with a spiral stay-flat binding. There is a wealth of additional information about the tunes and their sources interleaved with the tunes. The tunes have been transposed into straightforward keys, and the repeat structures regularised a little, but otherwise the book is faithful to the original sources.
For those who are not keen on reading printed music, there is a free downloadable version (of the music notation only) in ABC format. This allows all the tunes to be heard, as long as you have the right software (see here). This version also includes suggested chords. But of course you should buy the book as well!
Nick and Mary will be running Big Band workshops at Sidmouth Folk Festival, 2nd-9th August 2019. The tunebook is now available for download, and will also be available as a printed copy during Sidmouth week. The tunes this year are a selection take from the above “Eighty English Dance Tunes” and arranged into 3 or four parts by Nick. You can download a copy here.