Threepenny Bit (The)

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X:1 T:The Threepenny Bit L:1/8 M:C| R:Reel B:O'Neill's Music of Ireland. 1850 Melodies, 1903, p. 255, no. 1367 Z:François-Emmanuel de Wasseige K:G AD (3DDD EDEG|AcBG AGEG|AD (3DDD EDEF|G2 {B}AG EGG2| AD (3DDD EDEG|AcBG AGEG|Tc2cA TB2BG|ABAG EG G2|| Bddf (3efg dB|GABG AGEG|Bd (3ddd efdB|G2 {B}AG EGG2| Bd (3ddd (3efg dB|cABG AGEG|Tc2cA TB2BG|ABAG EG G2|]



THREEPENNY BIT, THE ("Cionog Tri-Pingin" or "Bonn Leat-Real"). AKA and see "Anderson's Reel (2)," "Five Mile Chase (2), "Miss Lane's Fancy,” “My Love is on the Ocean (1)," “New Mown Meadows (The),” "Old Silver Spear," "Silver Tip (1) (The)," "Silver Spear (The)," "Silver Top (The)," "Sliabh Bána," "Top of the Cliff (The)." Irish, Reel. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AA'B (O'Neill/Krassen). The tune is better known today as "New Mown Meadows (The)," a similar setting to that printed by Francis O'Neill (1848-1936). See also the related “Five Mile Chase (2)” from County Donegal fiddler John Doherty (musician) (1900-1980). County Cork cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman entered two variants in his large mid-19th century music manuscript under the titles "Top of the Cliff (The)" and "Silver Top (The)" (the latter in reverse order from O'Neill). Paul de Grae suggests the O'Neill's "Dandy Denny Cronin" "could be considered a variant setting, if compared with the Howe, Kerr and Ryan settings"[1] (referring to the tune under the "My Love is on the Ocean (1)" title).


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Printed sources : - O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; pg. 126. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1367, p. 255. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 619, p. 112.






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  1. Paul de Grae, “Notes on Sources of Tunes in the O’Neill Collections”, 2017 [1]