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Tenpenny Bit (Ador)

British ten pence coin

British ten pence coin, old design

This jig has been around a long while, and has a number of titles. It’s tune tune #969 with the title “Three Little Drummers” in O’Neill’s 1850 (1903) — i.e., O’Neill’s Music of Ireland — and tune #189 and with the same title in O’Neill’s 1001 (1907) – i.e., Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems.  It is also called “Cock in the Heath” which is sometimes mistakenly rendered “Cock of the North,” which is a name for a very different tune.

British ten pence coin, new design

British ten pence coin, new design

The version of “Tenpenny Bit” here is closest to that found on the 1974 album Irish Traditional Fiddle Music by John and James Kelly (with Michael Crehan and Michael Gavin), though they call it “Up Sligo.” Our title here refers to coinage, tenpenny bit, a British ten pence coin (pronounced “ten pee”) and equal to ten one-hundredths of a pound sterling. The new design is certainly different. 

For the ABC click Tenpenny Bit

Tenpenny Bit, med tempo


Tenpenny Bit, the dots

Tenpenny Bit,, Jig in Ador

Tenpenny Bit,, Jig in Ador

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