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X:1 % T:Behind the Bush M:2/4 L:1/8 R:March? Reel? S: Seth Johnson – Woburn Fife Manuscript (c. 1807-40?, p. 5) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G G/A/B/G/ c/A/B/G/|G/A/B/G/ FA|G/A/B/G/ c/A/B/G/|B/d/c/A/ GG:| |:F/G/A/F/ DD|F/G/A/B/ cB/A/|F/G/A/F/ DD|d/c/B/A/ GG:|]

BEHIND THE BUSH. American, March (?) (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A march, perhaps a country dance, that appears in several American musicians' manuscript collections of the period of the War of Independence and the decade or two following. In appears in the copybooks of Oliver White (Ct., c. 1775), John Treat (Durham?, c. 1779-1802), Henry Beck (1786), Whittier Perkins (Mass., 1790) and Seth Johnson (Mass., c. 1805-40?). It also was entered into the 1780 music manuscript collection of John Fife, a musician perhaps from Perthshire (although entries may have been made at sea, as there is reference to battles in Caribbean and the Mediterranean).

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