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X:1 T:Banalanna T:Ale Woman, The M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air B:Elias Howe - Musician's Omnibus Complete (1864, p. 505) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C c>d|e2 fedc|BGc>BGF|G2G2 AF|G2G2 c>d|e2 fedc|BGc>BGE| F2F2 GE|F2F2 G>F|EDEFGA|BGc>BGF|G2G2 AF|G2G2 GF| EDEFGA|BGc>BGF|G2G2 AF|EDEFGA|BGc>BGE|F2F2 GE|F2F2||

THE ALE WOMAN (Banalanna). Irish, Air (3/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. P.W. Joyce remembered the tune from the singing of his father, presumably when a boy in the 1840's growing up in County Limerick. "I recollect hearing an Irish song to it, every verse of which ended with the words "Banalanna, banalanna!" [Joyce]. The melody is also printed (in 'C' major) in Boston publisher Elias Howe's Musician's Omnibus Complete (1864) and his 1000 Jigs and Reels (c. 1867; p. 25).

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Printed sources : - Elias Howe (Musician's Omnibus Complete), 1864; p. 505. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 25. P.W. Joyce (Ancient Irish Music), 1873; No. 9, p. 10.

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