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X:1 T:Tom Nokes’ Jig M:9/8 L:1/8 Q:"Cheerfully" S:Chappell – Popular Music of the Olden Time (1859) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:C V:1 [Ge]]|[Gd]BG [F2A2]B [Ec]d[Ge]|[Gd]BG [F2A2]B [E2c2]:| |:[Ec]|[FB]cA [B,2^G2]E [B,G]^FE|1 [EA]AB [D2^G2][CA] [B,2G2B2]:|2 [EA]AB [D2^G2][CA] [C2A2]!D.C.!|| V:2 clef=bass C|B,3G,3C,2C|B,3G,3C,2:| |:A,|D,3 E,3D,3|1C,3 B,,2A,,E,,2:|2C,3 B,,2A,,A,,2||



TOM NOKES' JIG. English, Slip Jig (9/8 time). C Major ('A' part) & A Minor ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. Tom Nokes was an English actor popular during the reign of Charles II. The air appears in London publisher John Playford's Apollo's Banquet (1669). Antiquarian William Chappell (1859) remarked that the air "Come Open the Door Sweet Betty" appears in the first part of "Tom Nokes' Jig," and although the time is different, they evidently founded on a common ancestor, or that one is a derivative of the other. John Stokoe and J. Collingwood Bruce, in their Northumbrian Minstrelsy (1882), made a connection between "Tom Nokes' Jig" and "Rantin' Roarin' Willie (1)," but Northumbrian piper and researcher Matt Seattle finds the connection "imaginary"[1].


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Printed sources : - Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time, vol. 2), 1859; p. 148.






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  1. See Seattle's analysis of "Rantin' Roarin' Willie" [1].