Welcome Here Again
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WELCOME HERE AGAIN. AKA and see “Bayham Abbey,” “Duncan Davidson,” “1812 March,” “Gentle Ann,” "Handy Andy's Highland Fling," “He is Long a Coming,” "Maggy's Weame is Fu I Trow,” “Welcome Home,” "Ye'll Aye be Welcome Back Again," "You be Welcome Here Again." Scottish, English; Country Dance Tune or Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune dates to before 1734 when it appeared in John Young's Drummond Castle manuscript collection, and was published (as "You be Welcome Here Again") in 1744 by London publisher John Johnson. Church of Ireland cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman (1828-1896) included the melody in his mid-19th century music manuscript. Goodman collected in tradition in Cork and elsewhere in Munster, but also obtained tunes from manuscripts and printed collections, and it is not known where he came across “Welcome Here Again.”
There is an apocryphal story, published by Preston in 1786, that the tune was composed in 1775 by Robert Steele, a drummer boy at the battle of Bunker Hill in Boston. A derisive reference to the numerous British losses in taking the heights at Breed's Hill (Bunker Hill).
Source for notated version: the music manuscript of John Greenwood, p. 56 [Johnson]; the 1800-1802 music manuscript of ship's fiddler William Litten [Huntington].
Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 3. Emmerson (Rantin' Pipe and Tremblin' String). Huntington (William Litten's), 1977; p. 22. Johnson (A Further Collection of Dances, Marches, Minuetts and Duetts of the Latter 18th Century), 1998; p. 12. Kennedy (Traditional Dance Music of Britain and Ireland: Reels and Rants), 1997; No. 194, p. 45. Morrison (Twenty-Four Early American Country Dances, Cotillions & Reels, for the Year 1976), 1976; p. 59. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 24. Shields (Tunes of the Munster Pipers), 1998; No. 346, p. 140. Sweet (Fifer’s Delight), 1965/1981; p. 60.
Recorded sources: North Star Records NS0038, "The Village Green: Dance Music of Old Sturbridge Village."
See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources