Sheep-Shearers (The)

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X:1 T:Sheep-Shearers, The T:Next Oars M:9/8 L:1/8 R: S:Joyce – Old Irish Folk Music and Songs, No. 723 (1909) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Dmix dAc BGB AFA|c3 c>dc B2A|dAc BGB AFA|d3 d>ec d2A|| dAG F2G A3|c3 c>dc B2A|dAG F2G A3|d3 d>ec d2A||



SHEEP-SHEARERS, THE. AKA and see "Esqr. Lesstar," "Next Oars." Irish, Slip Jig or Air (9/8 time). D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Joyce obtained the melody from the large collection of an earlier musician and music collector, John Edward Pigot (1822–1871). Curiously, the two strains of "Sheep-Shearers" form the first two strains of a four-part tune called "Esqr. Lesstar," published in London by Daniel Wright in 1715.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Frank Kidson says P.W. Joyce copied the tune from Dr. Crotch's Specimens, where it appears on the same page as another tune in Joyce's collection, "Nobe's Maggot."

Printed sources : - Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 723, p. 360.

Recorded sources: -



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