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DOWN WITH THE PEEBLES. AKA and see "Down the Bank." Irish, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The tune was printed in Dublin by music seller and pubisher Morris (or Maurice) Hime around 1795–1800 in his collection Forty Eight Original Irish Dances Never Before Printed [1] (c. 1795) This is perhaps where Glasgow publisher James Aird picked up the tune, as Aird gives the provenance as Irish. Himes' claims of his collection being 'original Irish dances' is not true; there were English and Scottish tunes, as well as Irish. "...Never before printed" is also an exaggeration, as many of the tunes in his volume appear in earlier British collections.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5), c. 1790; p. 2. Hime (Forty Eight Original Irish Dances Never Before Printed with Basses, vol. 1), Dublin, 1804; No. 1.

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