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OYSTER GIRL [1]. English, Jig and Morris Dance Tune. England; Northumberland, North-West. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Hall & Stafford, Sweet): AABBC (Kennedy, Raven, Wade). Tune used for a single step dance in the North-West (England) morris dance tradition. James Manson (1846) noted the "The comic song, 'Going out a-shooting', is sang to this air."

The Oyster Girl, by Karl Gussow, 1882

The melody was entered into several English musicians' copybooks, including those of James Blackshw (North Shropshire, 1837), James Winder (Lancashire, 1835-41), and R. Hughes (Whitchurch, Shropshire, 1823).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Hall & Stafford (Charlton Memorial Tune Book), 1956; p. 14. Kennedy (Fiddlers Tune Book, vol. 1), 1951; No. 78, p. 38. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 2), 1846; p. 21. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 124. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1965/1981; p. 35. Wade (Mally's North West Morris Book), 1988; p. 23.

Recorded sources: Topic TSCD 669, Arthur Marshall (et al) - "Ranting and Reeling: Dance Music of the north of England" (1998. North Yorkshire accordion player Marshall was born in 1896).

See also listing at:
See/hear the tune played on youtube.com [1], and by Lester Bailey [2]

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