Farther Ben the Welcomer (The)

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FARTHER BEN THE WELCOMER, THE. AKA and see "Further Been the Welcomer (The)." Scottish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). See also Shetland tunes with the same name, "Farder Ben da Welcomer (Da)." The melody was first printed in musician and dancing master Daniel Wright's Aria di Camera (1727), and can be found in Scottish, English and Shetland repertoire under different variations of the title. The earliest manuscript version was entered by Northumbrian musician Henry Atkinson into his 1694-95 copybook and also appears in the Balcarres Lute Book, contemporary with Atkinson, and the Brown manuscript. It was entered into the 1840 music manuscript collection of Waverton, near Wigton, Cumbria, multi-instrumentalist John Rook as "Further Been the Welcomer (The)."

'Farer bein' the welcomer' is a Highland saying meaning 'Highland hospitality'.

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Printed sources: Wright (Aria di Camera), 1727.

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