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X:1 T:Bit of Ginger T:Lilting Fisherman L:1/8 M:6/8 N:The title is Paddy Killoran's S:Jerry O'Brien's Accordion Instructor (c. 1940) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G B/c/|dBG GBd|gfg efg|dBG GFG|AFD DFA| dBG GBd|gfg efg|dBG FGA|BGG G2:| K:D F/G/|ABA AFA|fgf f2e|dfe dcB|AFF F2G|ABA AFA| BcB Bcd|cec ABc|1 dfe dcB:|2 dfe d2||



BIT OF GINGER. AKA and see "Fisherman (1) (The)," "Fisherman's Lilt (2)," "Joe Derrane's Jig (1), "Lilting Fisherman, "Paddy's Resource (2)." Irish, Jig (6/8 time). G Major ('A' part) and D Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB' The tune is attributed to New York fiddler Paddy Killoran in Boston button-accordion player Jerry O'Brien's Accordion Instructor (c. 1940). O'Brien was Boston accordion player Joe Derrane's mentor, and both recorded it in duet on a 78 RPM recording. However, as researcher Conor Ward points out, the tune predates Killoran, appearing as the fourth tune in the set "Lancer's Quadrilles" in Köhler's Violin Repository Book 1 (1881, p. 25, see "Lancers Quadrilles Fourth Figure"). Ward suggests that the tune originated as a light classical piece, as the other figures in Köhler's "Lancer's Quadrilles" are derived from that repertory[1].

The jig is sometimes called "The Lilting Fisherman."


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Printed sources : - O'Brien (Irish Folk Dance Music). O'Brien (Jerry O'Brien's Accordion Instructor), Boston, 1949; No. 49.

Recorded sources : - Copley Irish Records COP 5009, Jerry O'Brien & Joe Derrane - "Irish Accordion Masters" (1995. Reissue recording).




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  1. Ward points out that this piece was not one of the five tunes in the "Original Lancer's Quadrilles."