Rusty Gulley (1)

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X:1 % T:Rusty Gulley [1] M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Jig S:William Vickers’ music manuscript copybook, p. 47 (1770) F:http://www.farnearchive.com/detail.asp?id=R0304703 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D d2 A/B/c dA|FA Ac BA|d2 B/c/d eE|GB Bd cB:| |:dg fd f/g/a/f/|dg fd f/g/a/f|eg fa ga|be ed cA:|]



RUSTY GULLEY [1]. AKA and see “Chalk's Hornpipe,” “Geld Him Lasses (Geld Him).” English, Old Hornpipe (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). There are several tunes that go by the name “Rusty Gulley.” This version is one of two that appear in the 1770 music manuscript copybook (p. 47) of Northumbrian musician William Vickers, about whom, unfortunately, little is known. There are several tunes that go by the name “Rusty Gulley.” The title, of which there are many variations, may derive from rostibolio, and Italian dance from the 16th century. However, a gulley is Borders and Geordie dialect for a large knife, and Matt Seattle suggests there may be an unsavory connection with one of the alternate titles. This version is one of two that appear in the 1770 music manuscript copybook of Northumbrian musician William Vickers, about whom, unfortunately, little is known. See also the similar “Dusty Miller (6)” and “Wee Totum Fogg,” from the Scots Musical Museum (with parts reversed from Vickers’ tune).

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - William Vickers 1770 music manuscript collection (Northumberland) [Seattle]

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