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X:2 T:Fiddle Faddle M:C| L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:John Walsh - Caledonian Country Dances (1731, p. 6-7) N:"London. Printed for and sold by J. Walsh, Music Printer and Instrument maker N:to his Majesty, at ye Harp & Hoboy in Catherine Street the Strand." Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G G/G/G BG c2 GE|G/G/G BG A3 FD|G/G/G BG cA BG|A/B/c B/c/d A2 FD:| |:c2 GE Ec GE|c2 GE DAFD|c2 GE Ec GE|A/B/c/A/ B/c/d/B/ A2 FD:| |:G/G/G BG cA BG|G/G/G BG ADFD|G/G/G BG cA BG|A/B/c/A/ B/c/d/B/ A2 FD:| |:c2 Ec Ec GE|c2 E/c/B/c/ DA FE/D/|c2 Ec Ec GE|A/B/c/A/ B/c/d/B/ A2 FD:|]

FIDDLE FADDLE. AKA - "Ffidl Ffadl." AKA and see "Brandy Bottle (2)," "Tail Todle/Tail Toddle." English Scottish; Country Dance Tune, Polka or Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The tune was published in London by John Walsh in his Caledonian Country Dances, issued in several volumes and editions, from 1731 to c. 1745. It was also published by Edward Jones in his Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards (1784, p. 154), and sometimes claimed as 'Welsh' (even along the way given a Welsh-sounding name, "Ffidl Ffadl", although Jones used "Fiddle Faddle" in his book), but there is nothing to indicate it has a Welsh provenance. Jones printed a good number of older English tunes, and he perhaps collected them from musicians in Wales; although they may have been in oral tradition they were originally published in London. "Fidle Faddle [sic]" was also entered in the mid-19th century music manuscript of William Winter (1774-1861), a shoemaker and violin player who lived in West Bagborough in Somerset, southwest England.

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Printed sources : - Jones (Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards), 1784; p. 153. Edward Jones (A choice collection of 51 Welsh airs), 1863; p. 38. Walsh (Caledonian Country Dances), c. 1745; pp. 6-7. Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 355, p. 124 (ms. originally dated 1850).

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