Heart of a Loaf (The)

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HEART OF A LOAF, THE. AKA and see "Hardiman the Fiddler (2)." Irish, Slip Jig (9/8 time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The slip jig was entered into the c. 1885 music manuscript collection of fiddler Francis Reynolds of Gaigue, Ballinamuck, County Longford. Researcher Conor Ward finds it closely related to "Hardiman the Fiddler" in both strains, which are set one step up from "Hardiman" albeit in the same accidental in the key signature (i.e. one sharp). This renders "Heart of a Loaf" in 'E' minor or dorian, while "Hardiman" rests in 'D' mixolydian. See also County Leitrim musician Stephen Grier's "Poitín/Pottien Whiskey" from his c. 1883 music manuscript collection.

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