Annotation:Fair Maid of Whickham

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X:1 T:Fair Maid of Whickham M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S: Bruce & Stokoe - Northumbrian Minstrelsy (1882) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G g|G2G GAB|cdc B3|cBc Adc|BGG G2g| G2g GAB|cdc B3|cBc Adc|BGG G2:| |:B|cec BdB|A2A F2F|G2G GAB|cdc B3| cec BdB|AcA F2f|gfg ABc|BGG G2:||

FAIR MAID OF WHICKHAM, THE. English, Jig (6/8 time). England, Northumberland/County Durham. G Major (most versions). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is probably sourced by Bruce & Stokoe, Northumbrian Minstrelsy (1882; p. 10) and the Northumbrian Pipers' Tune Book (1970; p. 32) to the 1770 manuscript music collection of Northumbrian musician William Vickers, and is associated with North East English musical repertory, where it is a staple of the Northumbrian smallpipes tradition. However, the jig was published in a few of the earlier 18th century London publications, including John Johnson's Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3 (1744), Walsh's Fourth Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (1744), and Walsh's Caledonian Collection. It also appears in the music manuscript copybooks of American musician John Aborn (1790) and English musician Walter Rainstorp (Cheapside, London, 1747).

The village of Whickham has been absorbed into the city of Gateshead.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - the manuscript music collection of Northumbrian musician William Vickers, about whom very little is known [Seattle].

Printed sources : - Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; p. 154. Cocks (Tutor for the Northumbrian Half-Long Bagpipes), 1925; No. 10, p. 9. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 114. Seattle (Great Northern Tune Book/William Vickers), 1987, Part 3; No. 576.

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