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GOSSIP JOAN. AKA and see "Good Morrow Gossip Joan." English, Country Dance Tune (cut time) and Air. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The tune appears in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1729) under the title "Why how now Madam Flirt" as well as several other period ballad operas. It also appears in D'Urfy's Pills to Purge Melancholy, Vol. IV (1719-20), on half-sheet music, and in Watt's Musical Misceleny, vol 4 (pp. 36-39) where it is the vehicle for the song "An Epithalamium on the Marriage of a Young Gentleman with An old Lady." Frank Kidson (1922) dates the song "Good morrow, Gossip Joan" to the late 17th century.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion), vol. 12, 1760; p. 12.