Three Halfpence a Day (1)

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X:1 T:Three Halfpence a Day [1] M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:O’Neill – Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 364 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Ador B|cBA BAG|AGE GED|cBA dBG|EAA A2B| cBA BAG|AGE GED|EFE E2D|EAA A2:| |:B|cBc dcd|ecA GED|cBc d=fd|cAB c2d| edc dcB|cBA GED|EFE E2D|EAA A2:|



THREE HALFPENCE A DAY [1] (Tri leat pinginne gac la). AKA and see "Very Poor Pay." Irish, Double Jig (6/8 time). A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. At one time three halfpence a day was referred to as the common wage for an ordinary laborer or soldier. "Three Halfpence a Day (2)," printed by piper O'Farrell in the early 19th century is a different tune.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - O'Neill later in life obtained this version of the tune from the manuscripts of Timothy Downing, a gentleman farmer of Tralibane, County Cork, who taught O'Neill the rudiments of the flute when the latter was a boy during the 1860's [O'Neill/Irish Folk Music, 1910].

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 364, p. 74.






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