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Paddy’s Return (Dmix)

This jig, “Paddy’s Return (from Scotland),” is in a large tune-family.  Some members have been extremely popular for more than 400 years.  The members of the family go by many names, and will go by each other’s names as well.  We play this jig pretty close to the way it’s played by the Foinn Seisiún and found on the Comhaltas site. As you learn more tunes you’ll notice some other members of this family, as other tunes that will have (nearly) the same A-part or B-part.  If you go to different sessions in other parts of the world, then you’ll notice that tune names and melodies are associated differently by different folk, and that disputation and dissension will arise if you challenge their accustomed practice.  Similar tunes with different names are: “The American Dwarf,” “Kitty Lie Over,” “Frost is All Over,” “The Mist Of Clonmel,” “The Praties Are Dug,” “What Would You Do If You Married A Soldier?,” and “What Would I Do If The Kettle Boiled Over?”  It has similarities to parts of a jig played by the Kilfenora Céilí Band, which is given the exciting eponymous title “Kilfenora Jig #1.”  You can listen to an old 1930s recording of “Frost is All Over” at ITMA, track 3. It is also in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection (1883), as “Praties are Dug, and the Frost is All Over.”

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