Sheet Music: Stingo

Alternate titlesOil of Barley
Cold and Raw, the North Wind Blows
Cold and Raw, the North Did Blow
Juice of Barley
the Farmer's Daughter
Lulle Me Beyond Thee
ComposerTraditional English
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG minor
Time signature6/4
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2015-03-22
Last updated2015-03-22
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Sunday 22 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Stingo

Traditional English country dance tune

This English country dance tune appears under the title of “Stingo, or the Oyle of Barley” in the first edition of John Playford’s The Dancing Master, published in 1651. It carried that title through all editions until 1690, when the name was changed to “Cold and Raw”, after Thoms D'Urfey's song “Cold and Raw, the North did blow”. ‘Stingo’ is evidently a brewed alcoholic beverage, as ‘Oil of barley’ is a euphemism for strong beer.