I Cannot Get time to Play with My Honey

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I CANNOT GET TIME TO PLAY WITH MY HONEY. AKA - "I cannot get time to play with my hinny." English, Jig (6/8 time). England, Northumberland. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The melody is not quite unique to William Vicker's large 1770 Northumbrian manuscript collection [1]. The tune (as "I cannot get time to play with my hinny") was contained in the Northumbrian music manuscript collection of John Smith, dated 1752, which is unfortunately now lost. The contents were copied by 19th century folk-music collector John Stokoe in 1887, when the manuscript was in the possession of Lewis Proudlock. Stokoe's volume Northumbrian Minstrelsy had been printed five year prior, and his interest in Smith’s ms. demonstrates Stokoe's continuing commitment to older Northumbrian music.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Seattle (Great Northern/William Vickers), 1987, Part 3; No. 449.

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