St. Patrick was a Gentleman (2)

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X:1 T:St. Patrick was a Gentleman [2] M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Moderately Quick" B:R.M. Levey – First Collection of the Dance Music of Ireland (1858, No. 99, p. 39) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D f/e/|(dBBB)|(FB)BB|cA A/B/c/d/|e2 dc|dBBB| FBBB|cA A/B/c/d/|e2 dc||(Bb)ba|(bf)fe|(fb)ba| b2 (bc')|d'bc'^a|bf fe/d/|cA A/B/c/d/|e2 dc:|]



ST. PATRICK WAS A GENTLEMAN [2]. AKA and see “Alasdair MacAlister,” “Denis Doody's (2),” “From Billy to Jack,” “Glen Cottage Polka (2) (The),” “Green Cottage (2) (The),” “Green Cottage Polka, No. 2,” “Glin Cottage Polka (1) (The),” “McAllister's Fling,” “Quarry Cross Polka (The),” "St. Patrick Was Your Patron Saint." Irish, Polka or Air (4/4 time). Ireland, West Kerry. E Minor: B Minor (Haverty). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABC. The tune appears to be a minor key variation of "St. Patrick was a Gentleman (1)." Samuel Bayard (1981) discerns considerable resemblance between this tune and the Northumbrian smallpipe piece "Black Cock o' Whickham (The)". Bayard also gives that Hans Nathan (1962), in his book Dan Emmett, states that American songwriter Septimus Winner was the author of the words generally sung to this tune (c. 1861?). See also the American shape note hymn “Mecklinburg,” printed in a supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, first published around the year 1815, wherein the tune is attributed to ‘Lowry’.



Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Conant (Pa., 1930's) [Bayard].

Printed sources : - Bayard ('Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; Appendix No. 26, p. 583. Clinton (Gems of Ireland: 200 Airsd), 1841; No. 12, p. 6. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 3), 1859; No. 280, p. 140. Mac Amhlaoibh & Durham (An Pota Stóir: Ceol Seite Corca Duibne/The Set Dance Music of West Kerry), No. 25, p. 23 (appears as “Gan Ainm” {untitled}). Petrie Stanford (Complete Collection), No. 346 ("as played by the Irish Militia"). Robbins, No. 190. Wier, p. 432.

Recorded sources: -



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