He's Aye Kissing me (1)

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HE'S AYE (Always) KISSING ME [1]. Scottish, English; Air and Country Dance. England, Northumberland. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in variety of latter 18th century country dance collections and instrumental tutors, including Charles and Samuel Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Country Dances, vol. 4 (1780) and their tutors for the clarinet, fife and oboe, printed during the next decade. It also appears in tutors around the same time published by Longman, and by the Cahusac firm. "He's Aye Kissing Me" was included in a number of period musicians' manucripts, including flute player Henry Beck's manuscript (1786), fiddler George Whites commonplace book (Cherry Valley, N.Y., 1790), flute player Micah Hawkins (New York, 1794), Eben Irving (Middletown, N.Y., 1796), and Ira Clark (Simsbury, Conn., 1801). In England it is in the William Brown manuscript (1797). The title also appears in Henry Robson's list of popular Northumbrian song and dance tunes ("The Northern Minstrel's Budget"), which he published c. 1800.

John Glen (Early Scottish Melodies, 1900, p. 151) calls the tune in Gow's Second Repository a "mongrel tune."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection); No. 68. Gow (Complete Repository), Part 2, 1802; p. 12.

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