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X:1 T:Sally Kelly [4] T:Leather away with the Wattle M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:The Buttery Manuscript (c. 1784-1820, No. 832) N:John Buttery (1784-1854) joined the 34th Regiment in Lincoln, N:Lincolnshire, England, in 1797 and served as a fifer until discharged in N:1814. His large ms. contains marches, duty calls, dance tunes and airs. N:EASMES identifies this as the Fife MS. and suggests a date of 1780, see N: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A|dAFA d2 df|edcd efga|fdec d2 AF|GBAG FDD:| |:f2 fd g2 ge|f2 fd geef|agfe d2 AF|GBAG FDD:|]

SALLY KELLY [4]. AKA and see "Lisdoonvarna Polka (2)," "Leather Away with the Wattle." English, March (?) (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune appears in the music manuscript copybooks of Luther Kingsley of Mansfield, Connecticut, and English musician John Buttery, from about the same time period--the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th. While very little is known of Kingsley, Buttery (1784-1854) was a fifer with British army's 37th (North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot (so designated in the army reorganization of 1782), who served from 1797-1814. Later in life he emigrated to Canada, where he died. A tune entitled "Sally Kelly O" was entered into the c. 1777 music commonplace book of Aaron Thompson and appears to be a variant. The tune is better-known as "Leather away the Wattle" and a variety of other names.

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