Come Haste to the Wedding

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X:1 % T:Come hast to the Weding [sic] M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S: Seth Johnson – Woburn Fife Manuscript (c. 1807-40?, p. 5) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A|AFA Agf|ede fdB|AFA AGF|E2E E2A| AFA Agf|ede fdB|AFA faf|d2d d3:| |:a|afa afa|bgb bgb|afa agf|e2e efg| a3 f3|ede fdB|AFA faf|d2d d2:|]



COME HASTE TO THE WEDDING. AKA and see "Haste to the Wedding (1)." Irish, English; Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "The tune 'Come, Haste to the Wedding', of Gaelic origin, was introduced in the pantomime The Elopement in 1767. This version is known as the Manx tune and was printed by the Percy society in 1846. It is the basis for the Manx ballad, 'The Capture of Carrickfergusby,' written by Thurot in 1760 [Linscott]. The melody is widely known among traditional musicians in the United States, particularly in New England where it has been a staple of contra dances, although heard more infrequently today. "Come Haste to the Wedding" is one of the most frequently entered tunes in American musicians' manuscript collections of the 18th and early 19th centuries. It's longevity is attested to by the fact that it was collected in tradition from Buffalo Valley, Pa., dance fiddler Harry Daddario in the mid-20th century. Earlier in the same century it was one of the tunes associated with the dance "Lady in the Lake" in N.H. [Linscott]. See note for "Haste to the Wedding (1)" for more.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Smith Paine (Wolfboro, N.H.) [Linscott]; Joshua Cushing, The Fifer's Companion (Salem, Mass., 1804) [Mattson & Walz].

Printed sources : - Linscott (Folk Songs of Old New England), 1939; p. 87. Mattson & Walz (Old Fort Snelling: Instruction Book for the Fife), 1974; p. 57. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1964/1981; p. 24.

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