Gentleman Blacksmith (The)
X:1 T:Gentleman Blacksmith, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:M.E. Eames music manuscript book, frontispiece dated Aug. 22nd, 1859 (p. 77) S:http://archive.org/details/MEEamesBook N:Eames was perhaps from Philadelphia Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D D|DFA F2D|E2A F2D|A2d e2c|d2B AFD| DFA F2D|E2A d2d|cdB ABE|FGE D2!fine!:| A|def e2c|d2B e2e|fga agf|fed c2A| def e2c|A2e c3|d2B A2G|ABG FED!D.C.!|| F|F2B c2c|d2e f3|edc dcB|ABG F2E| F2B c2c|d2e f2f|edc dcB|ABG F2:|]
GENTLEMAN BLACKSMITH, THE. American, Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. 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 "French Fancy Dance," "Lazy Trolloupe (The)", "Billy's Fancy"), indicating that Eames and Howe had them from the same page in an earlier, as yet unknown, source.