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 Theme code Index    3b3b3b5 447bL2
 Also known as    Brigidin Ni Maelmoceirige
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    Hornpipe/Clog
 Key/Tonic of    A
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Dorian
 Time signature    4/4
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    Francis O'Neill
 Book/Manuscript title    Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 946, p. 162
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1907
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
 Score   ()   

T:Billy Early
S:O'Neill - Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 946
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
(3GAB|c2 cB cdeg|dedB GABd|cA (3AAA ecAc|edBA GABd|
c2 cA cdeg|dedB GABd|cBAg edcB|c2A2A2:|
|:ef|gfga gedc|BcdB GABd|agab agea|gede cdef|
geaf gedB|cBAB cdea|gfge dfed|c2A2A2:||

BIDDY EARLY (Brigidin Ni Maelmoceirige). Irish, Hornpipe. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Biddy Early (1798-1874), or 'Biddy the Healer' was a 'wise woman' of Feakle, County Clare, Ireland, renowned for her lore, remedies and council. Some believed she was a fairy or sidhe, or at least communicant with them, but her powers as a folk healer garnered her a reputation that transcended her west Ireland region. Early in the 20th century Irish immigrants from County Clare were called (somewhat derisively) 'Biddy Early's'.

Printed source: O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907/1986; No. 946, p. 162.