Dribbles of Brandy

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X:1 T:Dribbles of Brandy M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Country Dance or Jig B:James Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3 (Glasgow, 1788, No. 416, p. 160) N:”Humbly dedicated to the Volunteers and Defensive Bands of Great Britain and Ireland” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Emin EGE G2A|B2e dBG|A2B c2A|B2G FE^D| EGE G2A|B2e dBG|A2B c2A|BGE E3:| |:e2f g2e|fag fe^d|e2f g2e|fe^d e3| e2f g2e|fag fe^d|e2B c2A2|BGE E3:|]

DRIBBLES OF BRANDY. AKA and see "Brothers in York." English, Jig (6/8 time). 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.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Aird (Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs vol. 3), 1788; 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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