Dancing the Baby
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DANCING THE BABY (Ag rinnce an leanb). AKA and see "Old Man Rocking the Cradle (The)." Irish, Polka. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. O'Neill obtained this tune from a roll of manuscript music originally owned by an O'Mahony, a maternal relative of his, who lived in Dunmanway, County Cork. He thinks the staccata passages reminiscent of jockeying a child on a parent's knees.
Source for notated version:
O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 990, p. 170.
O'Neill (Irish Minstrels and Musicians), 1913; p. 125.