Peeler's Jacket (1)

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PEELER'S JACKET [1]. AKA - "Police Jacket (The)." AKA and see "Boys of the Lake (2)," "Collin's Reel (1)," "Corkonian," "Emminence Breakdown," "Ike Forrester's Reel (1)," "Merry Blacksmith (The)," "Paddy on the Railroad," "Peeler's Reel/Policeman's Reel," "Railroad (2) (The)," "Shepherd in the Gap (The)." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. 'Peeler' was a slang term for a policeman in Ireland, a reference to Sir Robert Peel who originated the Irish police force in the mid-19th century. The tune appears in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection (vol. 3, p. 111) of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman under the title “The Police Jacket.”

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 22. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 45. White’s Unique Collection, 1896; No. 91, p. 16.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [3]




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