Frieze Kneebreeches (The)

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FRIEZE KNEEBREECHES, THE. See also "Mountain Lark (4) (The)," "Fuiseog an tSléibhe," "O'Connell's Reel (3)," "Colamór Súgach (An)," "Father Henebry's Reel," "Connacht Rangers (The)," "Lady O'Brien's Reel," "Gauger (2) (The)," "Steampacket (The)." Irish, Reel (cut time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Frieze is a type of cloth. Wikipedia [1] records:

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Coarse frieze was manufactured in England for export to Ireland in the nineteenth century. "Frieze cloth, a mixed and for the most part an unraised fabric, has been manufactured for a series of years, and continues so to be, probably, in increasing quantity", wrote Samuel Jubb in 1860. "This cloth is heavy and sound, rather than fine in quality. It is made... almost entirely for the Irish trade" Frieze was to be seen Jubb noted impassively, worn so threadbare it was reduced to "the merest expression of threads crossing each other at right angles... on the back of an Irish pig-jobber or that of an Irish reaper.

The reel is contained in vol. 2 (p. 159) of the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman as "Frieze Knee Breeches."

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