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BIRMINGHAM MARCH, THE. AKA and see "Chimes." English, March. England, Shropshire. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The second strain of the tune is the same as the second part of the Adderbury stick dance tune "Lads a Bunchum (1)." Under the title "Chimes" the melody appears in the 1785 music manuscript collection of American flute player Henry Beck. The name Birmingham (Warwickshire) derives from the Anglo-Saxon place-name 'Beorma's ham', meaning 'the homestead of Beorma'.
Source for notated version: a c. 1837-1840 MS by Shropshire musician John Moore [Ashman].
Printed sources: Ashman (The Ironbridge Hornpipe), 1991; No. 91a, p. 36.