I'll Tousle Your Kurtchy

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I'LL TOUSLE/TOUZLE YOUR KURTCHY/KURTHY. AKA - "I'll Towsel Your Kurchy." AKA and see "Rustic Courtship." English, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of the tune in Glasgow publisher James Aird's 1782 collection (Selections, vol. 1, p. 4). However it earlier appeared in London publisher John Johnson's Two Hundred Favourite Country Dances, vol. 7 (1756, p. 68). The melody also appears in several musicians' manuscript collections, including that of fiddler Eleazor Cary (1797) and Luther Kingsley (1795), both from Mansfield, Connecticut -- it is likely they knew each other; Edward Murphy (1790, Newport, probably Rhode Island); and John Gaylord (1816), also a Connecticut musician.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1), 1782; No. 4, p. 2.

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