Knife Grinder (The)
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KNIFE GRINDER, THE. English, Country Dance Tune & Reel (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB.
Knife grinders were a type of itinerant street-merchant, often travelling fixed routes that would bring them back to a community three times a year or so. They were sometimes welcome, but sometimes treated as little more than beggars.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: John Johnson (Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1766), 1766; p. 78.