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A lovely tune collected in Southside, Virginia, late 18th century.

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Comment by Tom Berghan on October 21, 2017 at 9:05pm
Very beautiful Mark! I have played many Minuet on lute and theorbo and Early Banjo sound very theorbo-like to me and I think this minuet fits perfectly. You play it VERY well! Please tell us about the second instrument. Are you playing both parts? Best Wishes, Tom
Comment by Al Smitley on October 21, 2017 at 9:15pm

I was going to ask if it was a cittern/English guitar.  How do you have it tuned?

What's the source for the tune.  I mean can I find it on line.  If not, can you post it.

Comment by Mark Weems on October 21, 2017 at 9:17pm

Yes, both parts. The second instrument is an old oval hole mandolin that I have tuned like an English Guitar (open C), since I don't actually have one yet, but it's about as close an approximation as you can get.

Comment by Mark Weems on October 21, 2017 at 9:32pm

Comment by Al Smitley on October 22, 2017 at 1:44pm

Thanks for the music!

Comment by Al Smitley on October 22, 2017 at 1:46pm

I should've explained...... I wanted to make sure as the accompaniment sometimes made me wonder if I was hearing the main melody correctly.

Comment by Tom Berghan on October 22, 2017 at 2:58pm
Mark, can you share more information about the manuscript? What is the name of the library that has the manuscript in its collection? What is the library catalog number? What is th exact title in the library’s catalog? Is a facsimile available online? (i.e. Library of Congress perhaps?). Thanks Mark
Comment by Al Smitley on October 22, 2017 at 3:33pm

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on November 6, 2017 at 10:03pm

thanks for sharing this one again yet different.  This is the one that you said was found in the Bolling manuscript collection which is my family.  I enjoy both version.  

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