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BALCAIS AN BLOMAIRE (Put on Your Clothes). AKA – "bAlcais an bLomaire," "Cuir ort do cuid eadaig." Irish, Jig. C Major (Levey, O'Neill): D Major (Roche). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. See also the related “Short Grass.”

Source for notated version: Chicago Police Sergeant James O’Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down and Francis O’Neill’s collaborator [O'Neill]. However, it would seem the Sgt. O'Neill may have mined the tune from R.M. Levey's earlier collection, where it is untitled.

Printed sources: R.M. Levey (Dance Music of Ireland, 1st Collection), 1858; No. 87, pp. 34–35 (appears as untitled jig). O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1050, p. 197. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 1), 1912; No. 116, p. 49.

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