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GAME CHICKEN, THE. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). England, Yorkshire. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The term 'game chicken' is a variant of 'game cock'; a superlative term, it was sometimes applied to champion boxers in the 19th century. In particular, it was the name of Henry ("Hen") Pearce (1777-1809), an English bare knuckle prizefighter who was the recognised English Champion from 1804 until his retirement, due to ill health, in 1807. Wikipedia says: "Pearce was known as "The Game Chicken", a nickname probably derived from his habit of signing his name "Hen" instead of Henry. He was reckoned a fast, skillful boxer who hit hard with both fists."

Source for notated version: a MS collection by fiddler Lawrence Leadley, 1827-1897 (Helperby, Yorkshire) [Merryweather & Seattle].

Printed sources: Merryweather & Seattle (The Fiddler of Helperby), 1994; No. 53, p. 42.

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