Kiss My Wife and Welcome

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X:1 T:Kiss My Wife and Welcome M:12/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:William Litten's music manuscript collection (1800-1802) K:Edor EFE BAG FDF AGF|EFE BAG E3B3| EFE BAG FEF AGF|B/c/dB AGF|E3B3:| |:B2c d2e d2B AFD|B2c d2e fdB fdB| B2c d2e dcB AFA|B/c/dB AGF E3B3:|]

KISS MY WIFE AND WELCOME. AKA and see "Free and Easy (1)," "Humors of Ballinamult (The)," "Irish Pelt," "Jackson's Sport," "Mrs. Dungannon's Jigg." Irish, Jig (12/8 time). E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Litten): AABBCC (Hughes, Mulhollan). The tune was published in James S. Kerr's Merry Melodies (1880's) as "Free and Easy", and is included (as "Kiss My Wife, and Welcome") in John Macpherson Mullhollan's Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes (Edinburgh, 1804) and P.H. Hughes' Gems of the Emerald Isle (London, c. 1860's).

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - William Litten's music manuscript collection [Huntington]. Litten was a ship's fiddler who sailed with the British East India fleet on a voyage to China during the years 1800-1802. Little else is known about him. His music manuscript came into the possession of sailor Allen Coffin, although how is a mystery. Coffin brought it home with him to the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard in the early 19th century, when he finished his own voyages.

Printed sources : - Hughes (Gems from the Emerald Isle), c. 1860's?; No. 6, p.3. Huntington (William Linton's), 1977; p. 33. Mulhollan (Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1804; p. 30.

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