Felix the Wrestler

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FELIX THE WRESTLER (Feidlime an Gleiceadoir). AKA and see "Cat in the Corner (1) (The)," "Lady Charlotte Murray (1)], "O'Mahoney's Frolics," "Puss in the Corner." Irish, Double Jig. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. The earliest printing of the melody is in R.M. Levey's Dance Music of Ireland (vol. 1, 1872, No. 98, p. 38), as an untitled jig--from which it was copied (still as an untitled jig) into the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork uilleann piper and Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman [1]. Scottish Great Highland Bagpiper G.S. McLennan [2] (1883-1929) picked up the tune while stationed in Ireland, although he called the tune "Biddy from Sligo (2)." It is printed with his variation sets in Highland Bagpipe Music, published posthumously in the 1950's by his family. McLellan wrote in 1910:

I am immensely fond of jig playing and consider it one of the finest methods possible for putting one into form. In fact one cannot play jigs unless in tip-top form..."


Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Levey (Dance Music of Ireland, vol. 1), 1872; No. 98, p. 38 (appears as untitled jig). O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 61. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1049, p. 197. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 255, p. 56.

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