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IRISH RAGG. AKA and see "Around the House and Mind the Dresser," "Merrily Kiss the Quaker--New Set." Irish, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). The melody, which is still part of the living tradition, appears in David Wright's Aria di Camera (1727), and flute player Burke Thumoth's (d. 1747) collections Twelve English and Twelve Irish Airs with Variations (1745, pp. 40-51) and Forty Eight English, Scotch and Irish Airs (1785, two combined works published in London by the Thompsons that were issued earlier in the century by Thumoth). It later was published in Brysson's A Curious Selection of Favourite Tunes with Variations to which is appended "Fifty Favourite Irish Airs" (Edinburgh, 1790). See also the "Ragg (The)," by which it appears in several other 18th century publications (dropping "Irish" from the title).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Wright (Aria di Camera), 1727; No. 25.
Recorded sources: Shanachie 79026, The Chieftains - " Bonaparte's Retreat" (appears as first tune of Around the House and Mind the Dresser set).