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X:1 T:Snug in the Blanket M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:O'Neill's Music of Ireland. 1850 Melodies, 1903, p. 165, no. 888 Z:François-Emmanuel de Wasseige K:G G|:A2B cBc|EFE c2A|B2G AFD|GAG BAG| A2B cBc|EFE c2A|BdB cAF|G3 BAG:| |:FGA AFd|AFd AFd|FGA AFd|EFG GFE| FGA AFd|AFd ABc|BdB cAF|G3 BAG:| |:FGA AFD|DED AFD|FGA AFD|GAG BAG| FGA AFD|DED ABc|BdB cAF|G3 BAG:|]



SNUG IN A/THE BLANKET (Go dlut annsa susad/t-susa). AKA and see “Cailleach a Shúsa (1),” "Collough a thusa," "Hag in the Blanket." Irish, Double Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning. AABB (S. Johnson): AABBCC (McNulty, O’Neill). The tonality is interesting: both parts spend much time in ‘D’ mixolydian, resolving to a G Major at the end of each. See also O’Farrell’s version under the title “Calloch a Theusa” ("a phonetic version of the Irish Cailleach a' Shúsa or Cailleach an t-Súsa, meaning "Hag of the Blanket"[1]). See also the related "Guiry's Favorite."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - S. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician No. 6: Jigs), 1982 (revised 1989, 2001); p. 12. McNulty (Dance Music of Ireland), 1965; p. 22. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 38. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 889, p. 165. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 138, p. 38.

Recorded sources: -Drumlin Records and Croisín Music BTCD01, Brian McNamara and Tim Collins - "Reed Only" (2007). Green Linnet SIF 1077, Capercaillie - "Crosswinds" (1987). Green Linnet GLCD 1211, Kevin Crawford – “In Good Company” (2001. Played in the key of B Flat).

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info [2]


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  1. Paul de Grae, "Notes to Sources in the O'Neill Collections", 2017.