Annotation:Short Grass (The)

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X:1 T:Un-named T:Short Grass, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:R.M. Levey - First Collection of the Dance Music B:of Ireland (1858, No. 87) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C (e/d/)|cGE cGE|{F}EDE CEG|cGE cGE|Add ded| cGE cGE|{F}EDE CEG|cee (e2d)|cAA A2:| |:z|g>ag ged|ecc cde|aba age|edd d2de| gag ged|ecc cde|fed fed|ecA A2:|

SHORT GRASS (THE) (An feur gearr). AKA and see "Put on Your Clothes," "Put on Your Coat." Irish, Double Jig (6/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (O'Neill/1915}): AABB (Cole, Kerr): AABB' (O'Neill/1850, 1001 & Krassen). The tune appears in R.M. Levey's first collection of Irish dance music (1858) as an untitled jig (No. 87), and O'Neill's setting is very close to it. Elias Howe's c. 1864 printing is also quite close, and his publication introduce's the title "Short Grass" for the jig. A few bars of this tune are reminiscent of Breathnach’s “Old John's Jig,” while “Gap in the Woods (The)” also appears to be a related melody.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 78. Howe (Musician’s Omnibus No. 2), c. 1864; p. 101. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880’s; No. 238, p. 26. R.M. Levey (First Collection of the Dance Music of Ireland), 1858; No. 87 (appears as untitled jig). O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 55. O'Neill (O’Neill’s Irish Music), 1915; No. 173, p. 95. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 981, p. 182. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 197, p. 47. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 110.

Recorded sources: -WMT002, Wendy MacIsaac – “That’s What You Get” (1998?).

sSee also listin at:
Alan Ng's [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]

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