Annotation:If I Had a Wife (1)

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X:1 T:If I Had a Wife [1] M:12/8 L:1/8 R:Slide B:Breathnach - CRÉ III (No. 41, p. 20) K:G D|G2e dBG|F2E E2G|FGA DEF G2B DEF|G2e dBG F2E E2G| FGA DEF G3 G2::B|d2B g2B d2c A2B|cBA efe d2B G2B| d2Bg2Bd2c A2g|1 fed cBA G3 G2:|2 fed cBA G3g3|| |:fed c2e (3dcd c B2d|fed cBA G2A B2d| fed c2e (3dcd cB2d|1 fed cBA G3g3:|2 (3fed (3cBA G3 D2 E/F/||

IF I HAD A WIFE [1] (Dá mbeadh bean agam). AKA and see "Barrel Organ (The)," "Mick Mahony's (1)." Irish, Slide (12/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'CC (Moylan): AABB'CC' (Beisswenger, Breathnach). Editor Terry Moylan (1994) states that this is not the usual tune associated with the rhyme "If I Had a Wife" (for which see "If I Had a Wife (2)"). Co. Kerry accordion player Johnny O'Leary played the tune paired with "Kilcummin Slide (The)" and "Mick Mahony's (2)," while famed Sliabh Luachra fiddler and teacher Padraig O'Keeffe (1889-1963) played it in a medley with "Kilcummin Slide (The)" and "Worn Torn Petticoat (The)."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddler Kevin Burke (Co. Clare) & accordion player Jackie Daly (Ireland) [Breathnach]; accordion player Johnny O'Leary (Sliabh Luachra region of the Cork-Kerry border), recorded in recital at Na Píobairí Uilleann, February, 1981 [Moylan].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger (Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry), 2012; p. 26. Breathnach (Ceol Rince na hÉireann vol. III), 1985; No. 41, p. 20. Moylan (Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra), 1994; No. 90.

Recorded sources : - Mulligan Records LUN 039, Kevin Burke & Jackie Daly - "Eavesdropper" (1981). RTE CE174, "The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master Padraig O'Keeffe" (1995. Originally recorded 1948-49). Topic 12T357, Johnny O'Leary - "Music for the Set" (1977).

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