Annotation:Father Tom's Wager

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X:1 T:The Frog in the Well T:Father Tom's Wager M:6/8 L:1/8 R:jig D:Rose Murphy, "Milltown Lass", Ossian OSS-21, track 3(b) K:G B/c/|dge dBG|AEF GDB,|G,B,D GAB|cBc ABc| dge dBG|AEF GDB,|G,B,D GAB|cAF G2:| |:A|Bdg bag|fed cAF|DGG FAA|GBB ABc|Bdg bag| |1fed cAF|DGG FGA|BGG G2:|[2fed cAB|cec BdB|cAF G3||

FATHER TOM'S WAGER (Geall an t-Atar Tomais). AKA and see "Close to the Floor (1)," "Frog in the Well (1) (The)," "Silver Tip (4) (The)." Irish, Double Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (c. 1880's) as "Close to the Floor (1)." As "The Frog in the Well" it was recorded on a 78RPM in America by Francis Cashen and Tom Cawley in 1929. As "Father Tom's Wager" the tune was popular among New York musicians in the mid-20th century (it was recorded by the Coen brothers, and by fiddler Andy McGann).

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddler Johnny Henry (b. 1922, Cloonlairn, Doocastle, Co. Sligo) [Flaherty].

Printed sources : - Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 148. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; pg. 52. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1005, p. 187. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 220, p. 50. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 86.

Recorded sources : - Shanachie 29012, Andy McGann, Joe Burke & Felix Dolan - "The Funny Reel" (1979). Topic Records, Fr. Charlie and Jack Coen - "The Branch Line" (1977. Appears as "Paddy O'Brien's Jig").

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

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