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RED PHILIP (Pilib Ruadh). Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Major/G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Phil Gleeson of Coolfree near Ballyorgan in the Co. Limerick, from whom I took down this air (about 1852), had a memory richly stored with Irish airs, songs and folklore. He was a noted singer, and such an inimitable whistler that at some distance he was able to puzzle the best ear as to what sort of 'musical instrument' he played" (Joyce). Joyce included other tunes collected from Gleeson as well--see "Crows are Coming Home (The)" and "Pulling slies under the foliage of the trees" (from Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society, vol. 1, p. 5).

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Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 6, p. 6.

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