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X:1 T:French Fancy Dance M:6/8 L:1/8 S:M.E. Eames music manuscript book, frontispiece dated Aug. 22nd, 1859 (p. 78) S: N:Eames was perhaps from Philadelphia Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A c/d/|ece a2e|faf ecA|cea aec|BBB Bcd| ece a2e|faf ecA|def ecA|EFG A2:| |:e|eAA cAA|fAA eAA|cAA eAA|dBB (Bcd)| cAA eAA|fAA eAA|fga efd|cAA A2:|]

FRENCH FANCY DANCE. AKA and see "Charlie Stewart (1)," "Prince Charles (2)." American, Jig (6/8 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was entered into the 1859 music manuscript collection of amateur musician M.E. Eames, who may have lived in Philadelphia (judging from some tune names in the collection). There several tunes that were entered into Eames' collection contiguously that appear in a similar order in Elias Howe's Musician's Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7 (Boston, 1880-1882) (see also "Gentleman Blacksmith (The)," "Lazy Trolloupe (The)", "Billy's Fancy"), indicating that Eames and Howe had them from the same page in an earlier, as yet unknown, source. A close version of the jig can be found as "Prince Charles (2)" in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (Boston, 1883).

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 642.

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