My transcription is taken directly from the handwritten tunebook of the late Hugh Blake (box player). Hugh’s tunebook cited no source for the tune.
Notwithstanding the title, there seems to be a suggestion from one quarter that the tune may have originated in Devon. Another says that it’s from the Cornish accordian player Charlie Bates. Yet another says that it has been played on the Surrey/Hants border for a very long time by melodeon player Alan Browning.
A YouTube rendering of the tune on flat-back mandolin:
I am just about to publish a new book, "Traditional English Dance Music" and I have included this tune, as played by Devonshire melodeon player Bob Cann from his brilliant 1975 Topic album ‘West Country Melodeon’.
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