Touch Her if You Dare

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X:1 % T:Touch her if you dare M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:James Goodman (1828─1896) music manuscript collection, S:vol. 3, p. 171. Mid-19th century, County Cork Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G d<ddB GBdB|GBdB efge|d<ddB GBdB|AABd e2 ge| d<ddB GBdB|GBdB efge|d>ddB GBdB|AABd e2 ef|| gfge dBGB|gfge fgaf|gfge dBGB|AABd e2 ef| gfge dBGB|gfge fgaf|gbge dBgB|AABd e2 ge||



TOUCH HER IF YOU DARE. Irish (?), Scottish (?); Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune appears in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman. Provenance unknown; it is embedded in a section of Scottish tunes in Goodman's mss. Goodman manuscript researchers Hugh and Lisa Shield find that the second strain of "Touch her if you dare" is cognate with the second strain of "Allonby Lasses" in the c. 1825 Browne Family Manuscripts (Lake District, Cumbria). See also cognate reel "Drunken Reel (2) (The)" from the 1883 music manuscript of County Leitrim musician Stephen Grier.

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