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WHITE PETTICOAT [1], THE (An cota-beag ban). Irish (originally), English; Double Jig. England, North West. E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. One of the few tunes in O’Neill’s in aeolian minor (nearly all minor-sounding tunes are in dorian). The provenance of the tune is not known--many have remarked on its unusual nature in the context of the bulk of O’Niell’s collection, and the melody is only sourced to Francis O’Neill himself (a very loose source attribution, as O’Neill often put his name to tunes he learned from in the course of years of playing with Irish musicians from Chicago and other areas). “Handy with the Stick," also from O'Neill, is a related and possibly earlier tune.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Knowles (Northern Frisk), 1988; No. 38. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 74. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 773, p. 144. Songer (Portland Collection, vol. 2), 2005; p. 222.

Recorded sources: Green Linnet SIF 1149, Joe Derrane – “Give Us Another.” Green Linnet SIF 1160, Patrick Street – “Cornerboys.” Shanchie 78002, “Solas.” Patty Furlong – “Traditional Irish Music on the Button Accordion” (1999).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]

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