Pony Races (2) (The)

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X:1 T:Poney [sic] Races [2] M:2/4 L:1/8 N:"Perform'd by Mister Giles & others." Master Giles, also known as “The Little N:Devil on Horseback” was a young and talented member of the N:equestrian company of the Edinburgh circus in the 1791 season. R:Country Dance B:John Watlen - The Celebrated Circus Tunes (Edinburgh, 1791, p. 5) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Bb F|B2c2|dB FD|EecA|B/A/B/c/ BF| B2c2|dB FD|Ee d/c/B/A/|B2B:| |:f|dddf|BBBd|ecBA|B/A/B/c/ Bf| dddf|BBBd|ecBA|B2B:| |:DF F2|EG G2|cdcA|B/A/B/c/ BB| DF F2|EG G2|ce d/c/B/A/|B2B2:|]



PONY RACES [2], THE. AKA - "Poney Races (The)." Scottish (?), Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Watlen notes: "As performed by Mr. Giles and others." He refers to Master Giles, a young and talented performer of the 1791 season of the Edinburgh circus, known as "The little Devil on Horseback." He was a member of the equestrian company that also included John Bill Ricketts, John Porter, Joseph Jenkinson, Mr. King, Mr. Sutton and the leader of the troupe, William Parker[1].

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - John Watlen (The Celebrated Circus Tunes), Edinburgh, 1792; p. 3.

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  1. Kim Baston, "The Celebrated Circus Tunes: Music and Musicians in an Eighteenth-Century Circus", Popular Entertainment Studies, Vol. 9, Issue 1-2, 2018, p. 9.