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ANTRIM LASSES (THE). Irish, Jig. A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Bayard identifies this tune as belonging to the "Bung Your Eye" tune family, and gives extensive notes to this large relationship of melodies—see "Lanigan's Ball." George Petrie (1855) remarks:

The fine old dance tune which follows was noted in 1852 from the playing of Patrick Hurst, a fiddler from the county of Leitrim, to which locality, as he assured me, the tune properly belongs. Unlike the great majority of the dance tunes of the Munster counties, which are obviously bagpipe compositions, this melody, as its characteristics clearly indicate, had a harp or fiddle origin, and it would be wholly unsuited to the peculiar nature and powers of the national wind instrument; in truth, it is very much in the style of Carolan's best jigs and planxties, and may very possibly be a work by that prolific composer. The name of this tune was unfortunately unknown to, or forgotten by, the fiddler from whose playing it was noted.


Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Levey (Dance Music of Ireland, 2nd Collection), 1873; No. 32, p. 13 (appears as untitled jig). O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 41. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 911, p. 170. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 154, p. 40. Petrie (Ancient Music of Ireland), 1855; p. 127 (appears as untitled jig).

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