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DRIBBLES OF BRANDY. AKA and see "Brothers in York." English, Jig. E Minor (Aeolian). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A version (in the second, 'B', part) of a tune perhaps best known as (the Irish song) "Lannigan's Ball," although the melodic material was employed throughout the British Isles under a variety of titles. The whole tune appears in the 19th century Welch family manuscripts (Bosham, Sussex) under the title "Brothers in York." However, the air first appears in Adam Thompson's ballad opera The Disappointed Gallant, of Buckram in Armour (Edinburgh, 1738). The tune also appears in the Thomas Hardy manuscript collection, based on a handwritten book of dance music collected in Dorset in the latter part of the 18th century by a man named Hook. Barry Callaghan (2007) remarks the 'B' part was inserted into "Around the World for Sport" by the band Flowers and Frolics (who had learned it from harmonica player Barry Morgan) to make a 48-bar jig in the late 1970's.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), 1788; vol. 3, No. 416, p. 160. Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 58.

Recorded sources: Beautiful Jo Records BEJOCD-28, The Mellstock Band - "The Dance at Pheonix: Village Band Music from Hardy's Wessex and Beyond."

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