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FLYING FAME. AKA and see "When Flying Fame." English, Air (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. According to Chappell (1859), this 17th century air had already been popular for more than one hundred years under this name when it was used for the ballad "Chevy Chase" in Pills to Purge Melancholy (1707 and IV,1,1719), and the ballad operas The Beggars' Opera (1728) and Trick for Trick (1735). Samuel Bayard (in his article "A Miscellany of Tune Notes") asks comparison with versions in Alton Morris's Folksongs of Florida (1950, air to "Sir Hugh"), George Korson's Pennsylvania Songs and Legends (1949, air to "Sir Hugh"), and Sharp and Karpeles' English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians (1932, air to "Lord Thomas and Fair Annet"), and discovers "an old timbre living on in oral tradition, getting re-created by folk singers."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time), vol. 1, 1859; p. 91.

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