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CHIPS AND SHAVENS. AKA and see "Blind Man's Ramble," "Jackey's Fancy." English, Reel. England, Northumberland. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Hall & Stafford): AABB (Callaghan): AABBCC (William Vickers). A popular reel in England, judging by its inclusion in a number of 19th century musicians' manuscripts, although not appearing in period printed works. Barry Callaghan (2007) finds "Chips and Shavins" in the music manuscripts of H.S.J. Jackson (1823, Wyresdale, Lancashire), Joshua Jackson (1798, Harrogate, north Yorkshire), George Spencer (1831, Leeds, west Yorkshire), William Vickers (1770, Northumberland), James Biggins (1779, Leeds, west Yorkshire, appearing as "Blind Man's Ramble"), the Browne family manuscripts (Troutbeck, Cumbria), James Winder (1835, Wyresdale, Lancashire), and William Hall Lister (mid-19th century, East Boldon, near Newcastle, appearing as "Jackey's Fancy").

Printed sources: Hall & Stafford (Charlton Memorial Tune Book), 1974; p. 8. Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 31. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 182.

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