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PADDY O'RAFFERTY [3] (Páidín Ó Raifeartaig). Irish, Double Jig. B Flat Major (O'Flannagan): D Major (most versions). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC (Mulvihill, Taylor/Crack, Taylor/Crossroads): ABB’CC (Mitchell): AA’BB’CC (Boys of the Lough, Taylor/Blue): ABCD (Bunting): AA'BB'CC'DD' (Breathnach): AABBCCDDEE (O'Flannagan): AABBCCDDEEFFGGHH (O’Farrell). "A popular pipe tune,” note the Boys of the Lough, well-known in Scotland as well as in Ireland. Perhaps the earliest recording of the tune was by melodeon player James Brown (1880-1919), a Scot born in Edinburgh. He recorded it in November, 1912, for the Gramaphone Company in London, as an untitled jig. Brown was a Scottish champion on the instrument, winning a title in 1909, with subsequent recording sessions in 1909, 1911 and 1912. He recorded until the year before his death; lastly for the Winner Record Company in September, 1919 (Treoir).

Sources for notated versions: piper Seamas Ennis (Dublin, Ireland), in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, 1959 [Breathnach]; piper Willie Clancy (1918-1973, Miltown Malbay, west Clare) [Mitchell]; Tony Smith (County Cavan & Dublin)[Mulvihill]; Sean McAloon, a piper and fiddler from Co. Fermanagh [Boys of the Lough].

Printed sources: Boys of the Lough, 1977; p. 7 (appears as “Padeen O’Rafferty”). Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 11 [1], p. 8. Bunting (Ancient Music of Ireland), 1840; No. 85, p. 64. Mitchell (Dance Music of Willie Clancy), 1993; No. 60, p. 64. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 31, p. 71 (appears as “Padeen O’Rafferty”). O’Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. II), c. 1806; pp. 106-107. O'Flannagan (The Hibernia Collection), 1860; p. 13. Taylor (Where’s the Crack?), 1989; p. 22. Taylor (Crossroads Dance), 1992; No. 47, p. 35. Taylor (Music for the Sets: Blue Book), 1995; p. 11 (appears as “Paidín Ó Raifeartaigh”). Treoir, vol. 35, No. 2, 2003; p. 23.

Recorded sources: Compass Records 7 4446 2,Oisíin McAuley – “From the Hills of Donegal” (2007). Shaskeen - "Mouse Behind the Dresser" & "Shaskeen Live."

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]




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