Gee Ho Dobbin (2)
X:1 T:Ge ho Dobbin  M:6/8 L:1/8 R:March S:Thomas Nixon Jr./Joseph Long copybook (c. 1776-78, p. 68) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D D|FDF AFA|BdB ABc|def Bcd|ecA d3:| |:c/d/|efe ecA|ecA A2 F/G/|ABA AGF|GEF G3| F2A FDF|G2B GAG|FGA Bgf|ecA d2:|]
GEE HO DOBBIN . English, American; Jig and March. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The modern variant of the "Gee Ho Dobbin (1)" tune. If not obvious, the title refers to directions to a horse (Dobbin) to begin moving. As a march, it was entered into the c. 1776-1778 music copybook of fifer Thomas Nixon Jr.  (1762-1842), of Framingham, Connecticut. Nixon was a thirteen-year-old who accompanied his father to the battles of Lexington and Concord, and who served in the Continental army in engagements in and around New York until 1780, after which he returned home to build a house in Framingham. The copybook appears to have started by another musician, Joseph Long, and to have come into Nixon’s possession.