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DARBY THE DRIVER (Diarmaid an Tiomaire/Tiomanuide). AKA and see "Bly's Jig," "Cronin's Favorite (2)," "Paddy Cronin's Jig (1)." Irish, Double Jig. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. See also the related first strain of "John Naughton's Jig." The tune is originally Scottish, a composition of William Gow's (1751-1791), entitled "Mr. Charles Graham’s Welcome Home." William was the eldest son of Inver fiddler-composer Niel Gow, and was a bandleader in Edinburgh.

Source for notated version: County Galway/Bronx flute player Jack Coen, via accordion player Joe Madden, via New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources: Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 203, pg. 62 (appears as "Paddy Cronin's"). O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 24. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 789, p. 147. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 64, p. 27.

Recorded sources: Larraga Records TR1103, Mary Rafferty - "Hand Me Downs" (2002).

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]




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