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WHITE BLANKET [1], THE (An Súisín Bán). AKA and see "Súisín Bán." Irish, Long or Set Dance (2/4 or 4/4 time). G Major (Mulvihill, O'Neill, Roche, Tubridy, Vallely, Williamson): A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (O'Neill/1001, Williamson): AABB (Mulvihill, O'Neill, Roche, Tubridy, Vallely). "The White Blanket" (An Súisín Bán) is the name of both a contemporary and traditional set dance in Ireland. The title is sometimes known in Englished Gaelic as "The Suisheen Bawn." Musically, it begins on the subdominant chord and for those versions with separate parts, the 'A' and 'B' parts are not the same lengths, as is not uncommon in set dances. However, there are many and diverse variants of the melody. An early version of the melody appears John and William Neales’ Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes (Dublin, 1726), the first real collection of Irish folk music (Ó Canainn, 1978). O’Neill’s “Maid without Dower (The)” may be a related melody. “An Súisíin Bán” is also a sean-nós song that appears in Hyde’s Love Songs of Connaught (1893). Dr. Douglas Hyde (1860-1949) of Castlerea, County Roscommon was a scholar, a founder of the modern Irish theatre, and one of the seven co-founders of the Gaelic League. He was elected its first president, and later, in 1938 was unanimously acclaimed Ireland’s first president.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cotter (Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Tutor), 1989; 92. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 10, p. 111. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 223. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1794, p. 335. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 981, p. 168. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 2), 1912; No. 273, p. 30. Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, Book Two), 1999; p. 15. Vallely (Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club), 197?; No. 30, p. 29. Williamson (English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish Fiddle Tunes), 1976; p. 79.

Recorded sources: Cló Iar Chonnachta CICD 165, John Wynne & John McEvoy – “Pride of the West” (2007). RCA 09026-60916-2, The Chieftains - "An Irish Evening" (1991). Shanachie 79024, “Chieftains 4.” Shanachie 79024, "Chieftains 4" (1972 73, 1983. Learned by Uilleann piper Paddy Moloney from Junior Crehan at the funeral of Irish piping great Willie Clancy {Alun Owen}). Gearóid O hAllmhuráin - "Traditional Music From Clare and Beyond" (appears as “An Cuisin Ban”).

See also listings at: Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources []
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info []

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