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OLD BEGGARMAN, THE (An sean deircteoir). Irish, Air (6/8 time, "with spirit"). D Mixolydian/Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Paul de Grae remarks the tune is a re-working of collector George Petrie's song "It was an old Beggarman, weary and wet," and was probably the arranging work of James O'Neill.

Source for notated version: Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down and Francis O'Neill's collaborator [O'Neill].

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 267, p. 46.

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