Touch Me If You Dare (1)

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X:1 T:Touch Me if You Dare [1] M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:O’Neill – Music of Ireland (1903), No. 1388 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amin AB | cABG AGE^F | GABc dBGB | cABG AGED | EAA^G A2 :| E2 | ABcd e2 e^f | ge^fd ecA^G | ABcd e2 e^d | eaa^g a2 a2 | ABcd e^de^f | ge^fd ecAB | cABG AGED | EAA^G A2 ||



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)" (primarily related in the first strain, less so in the second), O’Neill’s “Kit O'Mahony's Hornpipe,” Joyce’s “Miss Redmond's Hornpipe” (similar in countour and in second strain), and Ford’s “Gilderoy (4).”

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.”

The reel is not related to "Touch Me If You Dare (2)."


Additional notes
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), 1903; No. 1388, p. 258. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 3), 1927; No. 85, p. 26.






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