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MELVIN HEAD. AKA and see "Helvic Head", "Walk out of it Hogan." Irish, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDDEE. O'Farrell prints the tune as "Helvic Head," the name of a promontory in County Waterford. 'Melvin Head', then, is a corruption. The tune is similar to the slip jig "Yellow Stockings."

Source for notated version: manuscripts in the possession of Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill, originally from County Down; many were from the playing of his father [O'Neill].

Printed sources: O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 117.

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