Third Buffs March (The)

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X:1 T:Third Buffs March, The M:C| L:1/8 R:March S:James Goodman music manuscript collection (mid-19th cent., County Cork, p. 89) F: http://goodman.itma.ie/volume-one#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=92&z=301.1304%2C76.7341%2C7645.6612%2C4631.04 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D AG|F2 DF A2 FA|d2 Ad f2 df|a2 ab afed|e2 ee e2 AG| F2 DF A2 FA|Bcde dBAF|ABde f2 (3gfe|d2 dd d2:| |:A|defe BcdB|AFdB AFED|FAdc BAGF|E2 EE E2 AG| F2 DF A2 FA|Bcde dBAF|ABde f2 (3gfe| d2 dd d2:|]



THIRD BUFFS MARCH, THE. AKA - "The Third Buff's Slow March." AKA and see "Captain Bluett's March," "Captain Reid's Delight," "Dorsetshire March (The)." Irish, March (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Originally an English march, published by Charles and Samuel Thompson in London in 1765 in their Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2 as "Captain Reed's Delight." The Buffs, or the 3rd Regiment of Foot, was a line infantry regiment of the British Army and one of the oldest, dating to 1572. They were originally raised in the English county of Kent. The march, as "Third Buff's Slow March," is contained in the music manuscript collection of curate and fiddler Rev. Luke Donnellan (1878-1952), Oriel region, south Ulster[1].


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Rev. Luke Donnellan music manuscript collection [O'Connor].

Printed sources : - Gerry O'Connor (The Rose in the Gap), 2018; No. 7, p. 130.






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  1. Donnellan researcher Gerry O'Connor came to believe the ms. is not the work of the curate but rather was originally compiled by an unknown but able fiddler over the course of a playing lifetime, probably in the late 19th century. The ms. later came into the possession of Donnellan, who was also a fiddler.
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