Fraher's Jig

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FRAHER'S JIG. Irish, Single Jig (12/8 or 6/8 time). D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Mitchell): AA'BB' (Taylor). This single jig is sometimes paired with double jigs, with which it fits (not every single jig does). It can be traced to Edward Fraher (b. 1804), an Emly, Tipperary piper whose hey-day was the first half of the 19th century. Fraher's neighbor and pupil, James Bourke of Kilfrush, Knocklong, County Limerick, learned the tune and in turn passed it along before he died in the 1920's. Brother Gildas (1883-1960, AKA Patrick O'Shea, a piper and De La Salle brother) learned the tune from Bourke and Willie Clancy (who popularized it) had the melody from Gildas.

Source for notated version: piper Willie Clancy (1918-1973, Miltown Malbay, west Clare) [Mitchell]; set dance music recorded live at Na Píobairí Uilleann, mid-1980's [Taylor].

Printed sources: Breathnach (Folk Music and Dance of Ireland), 1971; 30. Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland), 1974; vol. 3, No. 59. Mitchell (Dance Music of Willie Clancy), 1993; No. 86, p. 78. Taylor (Music for the Sets: Yellow Book), 1995; p. 25.

Recorded sources: Claddagh CC17, Seán Keane - "Gusty's Frolics" (1975). Claddagh 4CC 39, "The Pipering of Willie Clancy vol. 2" (1983). Cló Iar Chonnachta CICD 165, John Wynne & John McEvoy - "Pride of the West" (2007). Paddy Glackin & Paddy Keenan - "Doublin'" (1978). Piping Pig Records PPPCD 001, Jimmy O'Brien- Moran - "Seán Reid's Favourite" (1996).

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

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