Biddy Martin

Find traditional instrumental music
Jump to: navigation, search

Biddy Martin  Click on the tune title to see or modify Biddy Martin's annotations. If the link is red you can create them using the form provided.Browse Properties <br/>Browse/:Biddy Martin
Query the Archive
 Theme code Index    3H62H2H 3H62H1H
 Also known as    Bidí Mháirtín, Betty Martin, High Betty Martin, Tip Toe Fine
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    Polka
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    2/4
 History    IRELAND(Munster)
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    Brendan Breathnach
 Book/Manuscript title    Ceol Rince na hÉireann vol. 2
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 111, p. 62
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1976
 Artist    Kevin Burke
 Title of recording    If the Cap Fits
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Green Linnet GLCD 3009
 Year recorded    1978
 Score   ()   

<abc float="left"> X: 1 T:Biddy Martin's Z: id:dc-polka-4 M:2/4 L:1/8 K:D Major f/e/d Be|ef ed|f/e/d Be|eA d2|! f/e/d Be|ef ed|f/e/d Be|eA d2:|! f/a/f ef|af ed|f/a/f ef|af e2|! f/a/f ef|af ed|f/e/d Be|eA d2:|! </abc>

BIDDY MARTIN (Bidí Mháirtín). AKA and see "Betty Martin," "Hi/High Betty Martin," "Tip Toe Fine." Irish, Polka. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Breathnach): AABB (Mallinson). Breathnach (1985) said his source, Leahy, told him this tune was much referred to in dancing schools, as the steps of the reel set to it were easy for youngsters.

Hie, Biddy Martin, tip toe, tip toe,
Hie, Biddy Martin, tip toe, tie.

See also American 'old-time' versions under the titles "Betty Martin," "Tip Toe Fine," etc. While musically different, the American "Betty Martin" tunes retain the character and lyrics of the Irish tune.

Source for notated version: accordion player Tim Leahy, 1968 (Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland) [Breathnach].

Printed source: Breathnach (CRE II), 1976; No. 111, p. 62. Mallinson (100 Polkas), 1997; No. 39, p. 15.

Recorded source: Green Linnet GLCD 3009, Kevin Burke - "If the Cap Fits" (1978. Learned from Co. Cork accordion player Jackie Daly).