Peel the Willow

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PEEL THE WILLOW. AKA and see "Off She Goes (1)," "Off She Goes for Butter and Cheese," "Up She Got and Off She Went." English, American; Jig. USA, southwestern Pa. E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. A version of the very popular English country dance tune "Off She Goes (1)." The title "Peel the Willow" is probably an alternate name for 'Strip the Willow', a popular Scottish dance, indicating that "Off She Goes" was at one time a popular tune for dancing, and, as often happens, the name of the dance became attached to the melody as well.

Source for notated version: Hiram White (fiddler from Greene County, Pa., 1930's; he also called the tune "Blackberry Blossom") [Bayard].

Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 544G, p. 487.

Recorded sources:

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