Annotation:White Blanket (3) (The)

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X:1 T:White Blanket [3], The M:3/4 L:1/8 Q:"Rather Slow and Distinctly" R:Air N:”Very ancient, author and date unknown.” B:Bunting – Ancient Music of Ireland (1840, No. 71, p. 51) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bb (c/d/)|eG {GA}.G(F/G/) c>d|(e/d/c/).B/ ~G(A/B/ c)c|c(B/d/f) (e/d/c/B/) ~F(G/A/)| .B(B/c/) BB B (c/d/)|(eG) {GA}GF/G/ c>d|(e/d/c/).B/ ~GA/B/ [Gc][_Gc]| [Fc](B/d/f) e/d/c/B/ ~FG/A/|.BB/c/ BB B e/f/|[eg][Gg] g(f/g/) (_a/g/)(f/e/)| c>.d (e/d/c/).B/ ~G(A/B/)|cc cB/d/f e/d/c/B/|~FG/A/ BB B(e/f/)| [eg][Gg] [Gg](fg) (_a/g/f/).e/|(c>d) (e/d/c/).B/ ~.G(A/B/)|.c.c c (3Bdf (3e/d/c/.B/|FG/A/ .B.[DFB] !fermata![DFB]||

WHITE BLANKET [3], THE (An Súisín Bán). Irish, Air (3/4 time). B Flat Major (O'Sullivan/Bunting). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. O'Sullivan (1983) notes there are several versions of both air and words extant under different titles and refers to a list given in DOSB vol. 1, p. 65 (in conjunction with the song "The Twisting of the Rope"). This air retains some currency among traditional musicians today. The set dance called "White Blanket (1) (The)" may be a version of Bunting's air.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - the Irish collector Edward Bunting noted the melody at Deel Castle, Ballina, County Mayo, in 1792, according to the index of his 1840 collection.

Printed sources : - Bunting (Ancient Music of Ireland), 1840; No. 71, p. 51. O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 71, pp. 111-112.

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