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BANNISTER'S BUDGET. English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. John 'Jack' Bannister (1760-1836) was an actor with a gift for mimicry and low comedy, and was a good amateur painter as well. Commencing in 1807 Bannister staged a monologue entertainment with songs, called Bannister's Budget, which showed his ability to create character types to the best advantage. He retired from the stage in 1815, having gained a solid reputation as one of the era's finest actors. He had saved his money wisely, and lived another two decades in comfort.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Goulding (Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1808), 1808; No. 18.