Star (2) (The)
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STAR (Jig) , THE. AKA and see “Star at Liwis,” "Scheme (The)." English, Jig (6/8 time). G Major (Moore/Ashman): F Major (Thompson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody first appeared in John Johnson’s Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3 (London, 1744), followed by appearances in David Rutherford’s Compleat Collection of 200 of the Most Celebrated Country Dances (London, 1756), and Charles and Samuel Thompson’s 1757 country dance collection. In America, it was printed by Exeter, New Hampshire, publishers Norris and Sawyer in their volume Village Fifer (1808), and in Alvan Robinson’s Massachusetts Collection of Martial Music (Hallowell, Maine, 1818). Northumbrian musician William Vickers included it in his 1770 manuscript under the title "The Scheme," with “The Star” as an alternate title, and Cheapside, London, musician Walter Rainstorp penned it into his copybook, begun in 1747.
While it may have no connection with the title of the jig, The Star was a notorious London brothel in the Strand, kept by Peter Wood.