Close to the Floor (1)
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CLOSE TO THE FLOOR . AKA and see "Father Tom's Wager," "Frog in the Well (1) (The)," "Paddy O'Brien's Jig." Irish, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. One of several compositions credited to J. Hand in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (Don Meade believes that brothers John and James Hand were Boston-area fiddlers and entertainers in the mid-19th century). The tune was recorded by the Cape Breton trio the MacLellan Trio on a 78 RPM disc.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 57. Kennedy (Jigs & Quicksteps, Trips & Humours), 1997; No. 20, p. 7. Miller (Fiddler's Throne), 2004; p. 23. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 86.
Recorded sources: Rounder CD7018, Frank Ferrel - "Boston Fiddle: The Dudley Street Tradition." Rounder CD 11661-7033-2, Natalie MacMaster - "My Roots are Showing" (2000).