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X:1 T:Feathers [2], The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Country Dance or Jig N:”A New sett” B:James Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3 (Glasgow, 1788, No. 419, p. 161) N:”Humbly dedicated to the Volunteers and Defensive Bands of Great Britain and Ireland” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G D|G2G G2g|gfe d3|c2B A2G|FGA D3| G2G G2g|gfe d2c|BAG DGF|G3 G3:| |:D2D D2d|dcB c2B|D2D D2c|cBA B2G| G2GG2g|gfe d2c|BAG DGF|G3 G3:| |:A|TBAB G2A|TBAB G2A|BAG BAG|A2D D2A| TBAB G2A|TBAB G2d|ecB AGF|G3 G2:|]

FEATHERS [2], THE. English, Cotillion or Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. This triple-time "Feathers" was printed in Glasgow by James Aird (Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), vol. 3, 1788, and by T. Skillern in Skillern's Compleat Collection of Two Hundred & Four Reels...Country Dances (London, 1780). It also appears (as "the Feathers, A Quick Step") in John Buttery's music manuscript copybook (also called the 'John Fife MS'). Buttery was a fifer with the British 37th Regiment around the turn of the 19th century. There were a few other, different, period tunes also called "The Feathers." The Feathers seems to have been a popular name for an inn or pub.

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Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3), 1788; No. 419, p. 161. Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 72.

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