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FIT'S UPON ME NOW, THE. AKA and see "Bishop of Chester's Jig (The)," "Fit is Come Ower Me Now (The)." English, Country Dance Tune (9/8 time). D Major (Chappell): F Major (Barnes, Sharp). Standard tuning. AB (Chappell, Sharp): AABB (Barnes). The air dates to 1686 where it appears in the 7th edition of Playford's Dancing Master; it was later called "Bishop of Chester's Jig (The)" in the Playford publications. However, perhaps an older version of the air appears in the Panmure MS #9454 Seventy Seven Dances, Songs and Scots Airs for Violin, c. 1675. Robin Williamson opines that that the Panmure version is "a quirky piece of unusual structure."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barlow (The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 243, p. 63. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), vol. 2, 1859; pp. 27-28. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 51.

Recorded sources: Flying Fish, Robin Williamson - "Legacy of the Scottish Harpers, vol. 2."

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