Annotation:Paddy the Weaver

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X:1 T:Paddy the Weaver M:6/8 L:1/8 Q:"Moderato" O:"Irish" B:Thomas Wilson - A Companion to the Ball Room (London, 1816, p. 97) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D d|c2A ABA|c2A A2d|c2A AGA|F2D D2d| c2A ABA|c2A A2e|f2d gec|d3 D2|| e|fgf gab|agf efg|f2d ded|c2A A2e| fgf gab|agf efg|f2d gec|d3 d2||

PADDY THE WEAVER. AKA and see "Basket of Oysters (1)," "Casey's Fiddle (1)." Irish, Jig (6/8 time). D Major (O'Flannagan, Wilson): G Major (Clinton): D Minor (Kennedy). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A precursor to the tune as printed by O'Neill was first published in James Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3 (Glasgow, 1788) as "Basket of Oysters (1)" with the alternate title given as "Pady [sic] the Weaver." Compare O’Neill’s “Paddy the Weaver” in O'Neill's Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922) with “Black Rogue (2)."

The minor tonality version (e.g. Kennedy) seems to be a better tonal ‘fit’ for the melody (the notes are identical to the major version, save for the 'c' notes are sharped in the 2nd strain).

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - copied from Wilson’s Companion to the Ballroom (1816) [O’Neill].

Printed sources : - Clinton (Gems of Ireland: 200 Airs), 1841; No. 128, p. 64. Kennedy (Traditional Dance Music of Britain and Ireland: Jigs & Quicksteps, Trips & Humours), 1997; No. 147, p. 36. O'Flannagan (The Hibernia Collection), Boston, 1860; p. 4. O’Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 119. Wilson (Companion to the Ball Room), 1816; p. 97.

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