I Won't Marry Her

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X: 1 T:I Won't Marry Her S:Book, Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra Z:Nigel Gatherer M:2/4 L:1/8 K:D Ad f2 | gf/g/ fg/e/ | fe f/e/c | ed dc/d/ | Ad fd/f/ | ge/g/ fg/e/ | fe ac |1 ed df/d/ :|2 ed d/e/f/g/ || aA AG/A/ | BA B/A/F/A/ | fe ec | ed d/e/f/g/ | aA B/G/F/A/ | BA A/G/A/d/ | fe aA |1 ed d/e/f/g/ :|2 ed d2 |]



I WON’T MARRY HER. AKA and see "I'll Tell Me Ma," "Take Her Away." Irish, Polka (2/4 time). Ireland, Sliabh Luachra region of the Cork-Kerry border. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’BB’. Source O’Leary provided this partial phrase which is sung to the tune:

I won’t marry her, I won’t marry her,
That’s the reason I says I won’t marry her.

He often paired the tune with "Cobbler (3) (The),” also learned from influential Sliabh Luachara musician Din Tarrant.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Din Tarrant via accordion player Johnny O’Leary (Sliabh Luachra region) [Moylan].

Printed sources : - Moylan (Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra), 1994; No. 81, p. 46. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 2), 1913; No. 304.

Recorded sources : - Topic 12T357, Johnny O’Leary - “Music for the Set” (1977. Appears as second tune of “Din Tarrant’s”).




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