Annotation:Siege of Ennis (2) (The)

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X:1 T:Siege of Ennis [2], The M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Polka B:McDermott - Allan's Irish Fiddler (c. 1920's, No. 118) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion P:(Bog down in the valley-o) K:D f2 (f>e)|dB Bd|Ad (d/c/)d/e/|fe ea| f2 (f>e)|dB Bd|Aa af|ed d>e:| |:fd ed|fd e(d/e/)|fa af|ed e>e| fd ed|fd e(d/e/)|fa af|1 ed d>e:|2ed d|| P:(Farewell to Whiskey) K:G (G/E/)|DG B(A/G/)|AE EG|DG B(A/G/)|dB Bd| eg dB|(c/B/)A/G/ AB|D>G (B/A/)G/A/|BG G:| |:(B/c/)|dB gB|(c/B/)A/G/ A(B/c/)|dB gd|eg g>d| eg dB|(c/B/)A/G/ AB|D>G B/A/G/A/|BG G:| P:(Spanish Lady) K:D AF A(B/c/)|dd d(e/f/)|ge fd|BA A/B/A/G/| FA A(B/c/)|dd d(e/f/)|ge fd|BA A2:| |:fa (a/b/)a/f/|ed de|fa (a/b/)a/f/|be e>g| fa (a/b/)a/f/|ed d(e/f/)|ge fd |BA A2:|]

SIEGE OF ENNIS [2], THE. AKA - "Siege of Ennis (The)." Irish, Set Dance (2/4 time). D Major ('A', 'B','E', and 'F' parts) & G Major ('C' and 'D' parts). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDDEEFF. The first part of the set is recognizable as the melody popularly sung to “High-Ho, the Rattlin' Bog” (“Bog Down in the Valley (The)”) while the next two parts are the Scottish tune “Farewell to Whiskey (1),” followed by the tune used for “Spanish Lady.” Since the “Siege of Ennis” is the name of a dance rather than a tune, several tunes have been employed as vehicles for the steps.

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Printed sources : - McDermott (Allan's Irish Fiddler), c. 1920’s; No. 118, p. 30. Prior (Fionn Seisiún 3), 2007; p. 36 ("Siege of Ennis" AKA "Rattlin' Bog" only).

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