Paddy Now Won’t You be Easy?

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X:1 T:Paddy now won’t you be easy M:9/8 L:1/8 R:”Irish air” B:Manson – Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book, vol. 2 (1846, p. 39) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D DDD dcd BAF|DDD dcd B2A|DDD dcd BAF|BEE EFA B2A:| |:ddd ded cBA|ded def g2e|ddd ded cBA|BEE EFA B2A:| |:dDD dcd BAF|dDD dcd B2A|dDD dcd BAF|BEE EFA B2A:|]



PADDY, NOW WON'T YOU BE EASY? (A Paidin nac fanfad tu suaimnac). Irish, Slip Jig (9/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. Similarly-titled, although musically unrelated, tunes are the jig "Paddy "Go Easy"," and "Paddy be Aisy." The title is probably related to the song "Arra Kitty Be Easy." The earliest appearance of the tune is in James Manson's Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 2 (Glasgow, 1846), where it gives the provenance as 'Irish'.


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Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 67. Kennedy (Fiddler’s Tune-Book: Slip Jigs and Waltzes), 1999; No. 57, p. 13. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 2), 1846; p. 39. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 82. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1143, p. 216. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 99.






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