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Haste to the Wedding (D)      

The jig “Haste to the Wedding” is surprising in that it has retained the same name despite being popular for at least two centuries. In the London stage pantomime “The Elopement” (1767), a featured tune was called “Come, Haste to the Wedding.”  This is that tune.  William Chappell (1809-1888) notes that the tune was “more frequently to be heard upon the chimes of country churches than any other, and usually played when a wedding is about to take place” (William Chappell, National English Airs, 1840/2001, 129). Old‑Time fiddlers, esp. in the Appalachians, seldom knew or played any jigs, focusing instead on reels and waltzes.  However, whenever they did, this jig was the most frequently played.  There is now, however, a contemporary title, viz., “Let Brain-Spinning Swains.”

For the ABC click Haste to the Wedding


/  D   / G   / D   / A   / D      / G   / D  A / D 😐

/  D   / G   / D   / A   / D  A / G   / D  A / D 😐


Haste to the Wedding, slow tempo (flute)

Haste to the Wedding, med tempo (flute)

Haste to the Wedding, med-fast tempo (Glen Pekin, fiddle)

Haste to the Wedding

Haste to the Wedding

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