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X:1 T:Tom Thumb M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Abraham Mackintosh – “Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs, &c.” (c. 1797, p. 19) N:”Teacher of Dancing Newcastle-upon-Tyne” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A C2 EA cecA|B2 dB GB GE|A2 E=G FDCB,|CEcB A2A,2:| |:c2 cA c2 cA|cAec A2 Ac|B2 BG B2 BG|EFED C2A,2:| |:ceee e2 ee|eagf fedc|defd ecBA|Gfed {d}c2{B}A2:| |:A3 EC A2 EC|AB/c/ BA AGFE|EAGF FEDC|D2E2A,4:|]



TOM THUMB. Scottish, Country Dance Tune (4/4 or 2/4 time). A Major (Mackintosh): B Flat Major (Laybourn, Manson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC (Laybourn, Manson): AABBCCDD (Mackintosh). The tune was first printed around the year 1810 by music seller Robert Purdie for his Princes Street, Edinburgh, shop on a single sheet issue (2 pages), together with "three new strathspeys and a reel" by James Boick (Boick's name is not attached to "Tom Thumb" as it is the other tunes, although he may have been the composer). Boick's name crops up as the composer of tunes in the collections of Robert Petrie, and, later, in Hamilton's Universal Tune Book (1843) and Köhler's Violin Repository (1881-1885); John Pringle composed a strathspey for him. David Baptie (Musical Scotland, 1885), however, makes no mention of him.


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Printed sources : - Laybourn (Köhler’s Violin Repository vol. 3), 1885; p. 240. Abraham Mackintosh (Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs, &c.), after 1797, p. 19. Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1854; p. 127.






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