Wink of Her Eye (2) (The)

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X: 1 T:Wink of Her Eye [2] M:6/8 L:1/8 K:D S:J. Hand from Ryan's Mammoth Collection a|ged cA(G|F)DE FDE|F>ED d>ef|{a}g>fg e>ag| fed cAG|cAG FDE|DFA dag|fdd d2:|] |:(f/g/)|a3 cf(a|a)gb afd|g>g(g g>)ef|ged c>AG| F>ED dcd|edc d2e|fed cAG|D>FA d2:|]

WINK OF HER EYE [2], THE. AKA and see "Bold John O'Leary." Irish, Double Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The composition is improbably credited to one 'J. Hand' in Ryan's Mammoth Collection/Cole's 1000. Hand (apparently there were two, James and Johnny) is the attributional source for a number of tunes in William Bradbury Ryan's 1883 collection, and may have been a bandleader or principal fiddler. Many of the 'Hand' tunes, however, are Irish in origin. Francis O'Neill printed the melody as the air "Bold John O'Leary," evidently set to a song of that name. O'Neill did print an air in 6/8 time called "Wink of Her Eye (1) (The)," but it is a different tune, similar only in the descending melodic line of the first two measures.

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Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 56. Ryan (Ryan's Mammoth Collection), 1883; p. 110.

Recorded sources : - Rounder CD7018, Frank Ferrel - "Boston Fiddle: The Dudley Street Tradition."

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