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X:1 T:Quick Step 44th Regiment M:2/4 L:1/8 S:Aird, vol. II (1785) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G g/f/ | gdBG | c2 ce | dgdB |cAAf | gdBG | c2 ce| dgdc | BGG :| |: f | g2 fe | aAAf | g2 fe | fddf | g2 fe | afge | dgdc | BGG :|]

QUICK STEP 44th REGIMENT. AKA - "Fly (2)." English, March (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The 44th Regiment was raised in 1741 as James Long's Regiment of Foot, named for the commanding colonel as was the custom of the time. The unit saw service in the Jacobite Uprising and took part in the Battle of Prestonpans, and later, in 1748, served in Flanders. In 1751 they were designated the 44th Regiment of Foot after the army reorganized around numbered units. The 44th was sent to North America where it took part in the French-and-Indian War and remained to see service in the American War of Independence, taking part in the battles of Brooklyn, Brandywind and Monmouth. In 1782, most British regiments of foot were given county designations, and the 44th became known as the 44th, or East Essex Regiment of Foot.

Stephen Campbell [1] finds the same tune in an anonymous early 19th century musician's manuscript collection (No. 55, p. 27) as "The Fly, Quick March 22nd Regiment". However, when he contacted the regimental museum in 2010 they had no record of "The Fly" being associated with the regiment. The tune also appears in Manchester, England, musician John Roose's mid-19th century music manuscript as "Fly (2)."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. II), 1785; No. 98, p. 36.

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  1. Setphen Campbell, PhD thesis "Reconsidering and Contextualizing the Vernacular Tradition: Popular Music and British Manuscript Compilations 1650-2000", 2012, p. 217.