Your Old Wig is the Love of My Heart

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YOUR OLD WIG IS THE LOVE OF MY HEART (Gradh mo chroidhe do shean wig). AKA and see “King of the Fairies (The).” Irish, Air (4/4 time, "with spirit"). G Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. Well-known nowadays by the title “King of the Fairies (The).” Irish collector George Petrie also included the tune in his manuscript collection, as an untitled air (Stanford/Petrie, Complete Collection, 1905, No. 1281). Irish versions are predated by the 18th century Scottish version "Bonny Charlie (1)."

Source for notated version: The J.E. Piggot Collection [Joyce].

Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 690, pp. 346-347.

Recorded sources: Dorian Recordings DOR-90279, The Baltimore Consort – "The Mad Buckgoat: Ancient Music of Ireland."




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