X:1 T:Billy Early M:C| L:1/8 R:Hornpipe S:O'Neill - Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 946 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Ador (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.