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DO IT FAIR. Irish, Hop Jig (9/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. The melody appears in the (Alex) Sutherland (1873-1967) music manuscript, from County Leitrim, and Conor Ward finds the tune note-for-note the same as an untitled slip jig in Kerr's Merry Melodies, vol. 4. Brian McNamara finds related tunes in the Goodman manuscript, "Surround (The)" (second part), and "Rogue is Mad to Be at Her (The)." The Northumbrian "Little Fishie" also has a similar second part. He believes "Hunting the Hare (2)" and "Whigsborough Hunt (The)" are from the same family.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 4), c. 1880's; No. 199, p. 23 (untitled slip jig).

Recorded sources: Drumlin Records BMNCD2, Brian McNamara - "Fort of the Jewels" (2004. Learned from Frank Reilly, who attributed the tune to the Kennedy family--Peter, from Ballinamore, County Leitrim, and his son James, who emigrated to Chicago to become a Chicago police patrolman and a source for the great collector, Capt. Francis O'Neill).




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