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TOM BUSBY'S. AKA and see "Brosnahan's Frolics." Irish, Double Jig (6/8 time). E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Piper Tom Busby emigrated from County Fermanagh to the United States in the 1930’s, and learned to play the pipes in the Connaught style. His teacher was Mike Carney. Billy and Charlie Taylor, famous uilleann pipe makers who emigrated to America in the 19thcentury, mad a set of pipes for Tom Kerrigan, their first customer after coming over and landing in New York (where Kerrigan put them up), then to Philadelphia. Kerrigan’s set of pipes devolved to piper Busby, who had moved to New York, who in turn gave them to a man named Martin Kerrigan of County Wexford, who claimed to be a relation of Tom Kerrigan. The tune predates the 20th century and was entered as an untitled jig in the music manuscript of County Leitrim fiddler and piper Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894), for which see "Brosnahan's Frolics."


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Printed sources : - Taylor (Crossroads Dance), 1992; No. 41, p. 31.

Recorded sources : - Shaskeen - "Mouse Behind the Dresser." Piping Pig Records PPPCD 001, Jimmy O’Brien- Moran – “Seán Reid’s Favourite” (1996). Shanachie SH-78010, Solas - “Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers” (1997).




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