Round about Ferryhill

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X:1 % T:Round about Ferryhill M:12/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:William Vickers’ 1770 music manuscript collection (Northumberland, p. 70). F: K:G c|B2D AFD|c2E EGA|A2D AFD d2D DFA:| |:dfd faf e2c ege|dfd faf f2d faf| geg fdf e2c ege|fAB AFA d2D DFA:|]

ROUND ABOUT FERRYHILL. English, Jig (12/8 time). England, Northumberland. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Vickers manuscript researcher Matt Seattle notes that the jig is not found elsewhere, and that 'Ferryhill' probably refers to Ferryhill in County Durham. George Nesham's North-country sketches, notes, essays and reviews gives:

Bishop Middleham [near Ferryhill] must have been a pretty spot in the ancient palatinate days, and some of its houses still wear an old-world aspect. The young women here have the reputation of being exceedingly fair-skinned and pretty, but coy, and to them used to be applied the couplet —

Round about Ferryhill, hey for Hett
There's many a bonny lass, but few to get.

Lean's Collectanea (1891), a volume of proverbs, sayings and folklore collected by Vincent Stuckey Lean, gives the same rhyme. Ferryhill and Hett are "Two villages at no great distance from Durham" notes an editor.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Seattle (Great Northern/William Vickers), 1987, Part 3; No. 262.

Recorded sources: -

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