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X:1 T:Pick Your Partner M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:O’Neill – Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 635 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bmin ae|fB (3cBA Bcde|fBBd e2 de|fB (3cBA Bcde|1 fbaf e2:|2 fedf edBc|| d2 fd adfd|(3ded fd edBc|(3ddd fd adfd|bgaf edBc| d2 fd adfd|d2 fd edBc| defg agaf|bgaf e2||

Chicago fiddler John McFadden
PICK YOUR PARTNER (Tog Do Callaide/Companac). Irish, Reel. B Minor ('A' part) & D Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AA'BB' (O'Neill/Krassen). The tune is quite similar to well-known session reel “Glass of Beer (The)," and is similar to James S. Kerr's "Piper's Glass (The)." Paul de Grae notes that fiddler Paddy Glackin played a medley on his first album called "McFadden's Reels", sourced from Donegal fiddler John Doherty, in which the second tune in his set is very similar to McFadden's "Pick Your Partner"[1].

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - virtuoso fiddler John McFadden (born Carrowmore, Co. Mayo), a contemporary of Captain Francis O'Neill [O’Neill].

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Krassen), 1903; p. 130. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1391, p. 259. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 635, p. 114.

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  1. Paul de Grae, "Notes on Sources of Tunes in the O'Neill Collections", 2017 [1].