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HERE AND THERE [1]. American, Hornpipe. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The composition is credited to one J.A. Brown, according to Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883), and it is possible (albeit there is no evidence whatsoever) the attribution refers to black-face minstrel Joe Brown (1830-1883). Edward Le Roy Rice, in his book Monarchs of Minstrelsy (New York, 1911), has this entry:

JOE BROWN, one of the world's greatest jig dancers, made his first appearance at Albany, N.Y., in 1844. His first New York engagement was in the fall of 1852; August 3, 1857, he opened with "Christy's Minstrels in London, England, remaining with them until about 1860, when he joined Nish's "Christy" Minstrels, opening in Cape Town, South Africa, August 20, 1862. Prior to the opening he and the company were shipwrecked, losing everything except for his clothes; a handsome silver belt he won from Dick Sliter in 1856 was amongst the things lost. Returning to England in 1863, he organized Joe Brown's "Christy" Minstrels, visiting Egypt and India; returning to London, opened at St. James Hall, June 11, 1866. In 1868 he paid a brief visit to the United States, then returned to England. Joe Brown was born in Buffalo, N.Y., January 20, 1830; he died in Glasgow, Scotland, October 25, 1883. (p. 74).

See also the reel "Rose (4) (The)" printed in Ed Harding's Harding's All Round Collection (1905) for a related, but different, tune with similar melodic motion and harmonic progression.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 87. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 121.

Recorded sources: Condor 977-1489, "Graham & Eleanor Townsend Live at Barre, Vermont."




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