Nightingale (4) (The)
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NIGHTINGALE , THE. English, Scottish; Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. This old air about the British Isles nightingale is sometimes claimed as Scottish, but according to Chappell (1859) it is of English origin, and indeed, it sounds English. The nightingale, a small and rather drab migratory thrush, was prized for its melodious bird-song, and thus the subject of many songs and tune titles.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880's; No. 263, p. 29.