X:1 T:Capuchin, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:Aird, Selections, vol. II (1785) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D A | d2d dcd | e2e efg | fed dcd | ecA A3 | d2d dcd | e2e efg | fed edc | ddd d2 :| |: g | f2f fdf | g2g gbg | f2f fed | ecA A3 | f2f fdf | g2g gbg | fed edc | ddd d2 :||
CAPUCHIN, (THE). AKA - "Capauchen (La)." English, Jig (6/8 time). England, Yorkshire. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title refers either to a Franciscan friar or a type of ladies garment involving a cowl and hood. Cappuccino coffee derives from this word: it is said the first cappucinno coffee served had little peaks of milky foam that resembled the pointed hoods of the friars. A different tune called "The Capuchin" (in 9/8 time) appears in the mid-18th century collections of David Rutherford (1756) and John Johnson (1751), and, as "La Capauchen", in Samuel, Ann and Peter Thompson's 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 (1788).
The tune was entered into the mid-19th century music manuscript collections of Lawrence Leadley (Yorkshire) and John Rook (Cumbria).