Annotation:Follow Her Over the Border

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X:2 T:Follow her over the border M:9/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:Gow - 2nd Collection of Niel Gow's Reels, p. 14, 3rd ed. (orig. 1788) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F d|Tc2A AFA AFA|Tc2(A A)FA c2f|Tc2A AFA AFA|TB2G GAG B2:| |:d|Tc.A.A f.A.A c.A.A|cAA fAA Tc2d|cAA fAA cAA|TB2G GAG B2:||

FOLLOW HER OVER THE BORDER. AKA - "Follow Her Over." AKA and see "Hey My Kitten," "Hey the hedrie Falie." English, (Slip) Jig (9/8 time). England, Northumberland. G Major (Bruce & Stokoe): F Major (Gow): A Major (Cocks). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title may be a reference to elopement, when couples (below the age of 21 in England) would meet at places like wikipedia:Gretna_Green, Dumfriesshire, to get married. The tune was entered in the mid-19th century music manuscript of William Winter, a shoemaker and violin player who lived in West Bagborough in Somerset, southwest England.

See also the related (in the first strain) "Jaunting Car for Six." Slip jigs can be sometimes hard to distinguish from one another, and so "Follow Her Over the Border" has been erroneously called a version of "Mad Moll (1) AKA "Peacock Follows the Hen (The)," and, while similar in character they are not cognate tunes.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; p. 179. Cocks (Tutor for the Northumbrian Half-Long Bagpipes), 1925; No. 27, p. 14. Gow (Second Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 1788; p. 14 (3rd edition). Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 149, p. 57 (ms. originally dated 1850).

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