British Hero (The)

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X:1 T:British Hero, The M:6/8 L:1/8 S:William Vickers (1770) K:G c|B/c/dc BGB|cAc BGB|B/c/dc BGB|AFG ABc| B/c/dc BGB|cAc BGB|gfe dcB|AFG AB:| |:c|BAG GDG|BGB gdc|BAG GDG|AFG ABc| BAG GDG|BGB gdc|efg dcB|AFG AB:||

BRITISH HERO, THE. English, Scottish; Jig or Quickstep (6/8 time). England, Northumberland. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. John Glen (1891) finds the tune first in print in Neil Stewart's 1761 collection (Newest and Best Reels... p. 30), although it had appeared a year earlier in London publisher David Rutherford's Compleat Collection of 200 country Dances, vol. 2 (1760). In addition to William Vickers' Northumbrian music manuscript collection, it appears in the late 18th/early 19th century music copybook of British army fifer John Buttery (1784-1854), who joined the 34th Regiment in Lincoln. James Aird prints the tune as "Female Hero."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - the 1770 music manuscript collection of William Vickers (Northumberland) [Seattle].

Printed sources : - McLachlan (The Piper's Assistant), 1854; No. 44, p. 25. Seattle (Great Northern Tune Book/William Vickers), 1987, Part 3; No. 442.

Recorded sources: -

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