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TOUCH ME IF YOU DARE [1] (Buin liom ma's b-fearr leat). AKA and see "You Rogue You Darn’t Meddle Me." Irish, Reel. A Dorian, Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Alan Jabbour says the tune is from a large tune family that includes Petrie’s “Take Her Out and Air Her (3)|Take Her Out and Air Her (3)" O’Neill’s “Kit O’Mahony’s Hornpipe,” Joyce’s “Miss Redmond’s Hornpipe” and Ford’s “Gilderoy (2).”

American fiddler Henry Reed had a variant (called simply “British Field March”) from an elderly fiddler and fife player named Quince Dillon, and claimed it had been played by the British to retreat in the Battle of New Orleans. See also the related reel “Old Torn Petticoat.”

Source for notated version: Chicago Police Sergeant James O’Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down and Francis O’Neill’s collaborator [O’Neill].

Printed Sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1979; No. 1388, p. 258. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 3), 1927; No. 85, p. 26.


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