I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave

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I BURIED MY WIFE (AND DANCED ON HER GRAVE). AKA – “I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her.” AKA and see "Brístín Mire (An),” "Cunla," "Friar's Breeches," "Friar's Britches," “Frieze Breeches (1), Frieze Britches (1),” “Gallagher's Frolic (3),” “O'Gallagher's Frolics,” “On St. Patrick's Day I was Gay,” “Trumlo (The).” Irish, Air (6/8 time). D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The air is the vehicle for the song of the title. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin says the tune is associated with the West Clare piper Garret Barry (1847-1899). O’Neill (Irish Folk Music) thinks it “closely resembles” his “Frieze Breeches” and “O’Gallagher’s Frolics.”

Source for notated version: New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources: Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 213, p. 66.

Recorded sources: Claddagh 4CC 39, “The Pipering of Willie Clancy vol. 2” (1983). Gael-Linn CEFCD 153, Paddy Glackin – “In Full Spate” (1991). Green Linnet GLCD 1127, “Martin Hayes” (1993). Kells Music 9501, Dervish - “Playing with Fire.” Piping Pig Productions PPPCD001, Jimmy O’Brien-Moran – “Seán Reid’s Favourite” (1996. Learned from Clare piper Willie Clancy).

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info [2]




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