Paddy Be Easy slip jig

Also known as Dirty Linen, Last Night’s Fun, Paddy Be Aisy, Widow’s Maggot, The Widow’s Maggot.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Paddy Be Easy has been added to 3 tune sets.

Paddy Be Easy has been added to 64 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Paddy Be Easy
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
A3 edB efg|A3 edB d2B| A3 edB efg |fed edB d2B|
A3 edB efg|A3 edB d2B| A3 edB efg |fed edB d2e|
fef afd efg| fef afd g3| fef afd efg |fed edB d2e|
fef afd efg| fef afd g3| fef afd efg |fed edB dBG|
X: 2
T: Paddy Be Easy
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: B |A3 edB efg | A3 edB d2 B | A3 edB efg | fed edB d2 :|
|: e |fef afd efg | fef afd g2 e | fef afd efg | fed edB d2 :|
X: 3
T: Paddy Be Easy
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|| A |: DED dcd BAF | DED dcd B2A | DED dcd BAF | BED EFA B2A :|
|: dcd ded cBA | ded def g2e | dcd ded cBA | BED EFA B2A :|
|: dDD dcd BAF | dDD dcd B2A | dDD dcd BAF | BED EFA B2A :|
X: 4
T: Paddy Be Easy
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
A2 e e2 d efg | A2 e efe d2 B | A2 e e2 d efg | fed edB d2 B :|
f3 f2 a efg | f3 f2 a g2 e | f3 f2 a efg | fed edB d2 B :|
AAA edB efg | AAA edB d2 B | AAA edB efg | fed edB d2 B :|
fdf afd efg | fdf afd g2 e | fdf afd efg | fed edB d2 B :|

Twelve comments

i heard this tune a long time ago on Dave Swarbrick’s very first instrumental record called "Reels rags and airs", a pure gem and a mine for good tunes. Unfortunately, i don’t think it still can be found.
And of course, it is the first tune in the Dirty Linen Medley played by Fairport Convention.
Sometimes it is also called Last Night’s fun, there is a different version in O’Neill’s book.

i’m not so sure about the key as it starts with a A, any idea?

. Nice Tune .The key is D mixolydian.

Rags, Reels & Airs

Paul-leray - unless I imagined it, I’m sure this LP was released on CD either last year or the year before, and should still be available. The LP is a bit of a collector’s item these days, and a copy in good condition used to sell for about

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Paul, thanks for a fine tune—not one I’ve heard before, but definitely a keeper!
For an explanation of how to decipher a tune’s mode for future postings, click on: http://www.slowplayers.org/SCTLS/modes.htm

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Thanks for the title, Paul. I posted a different setting, in E-dorian, some time ago:

https://thesession.org/tunes/425

My setting comes from an early album of Capercaillie, ‘The Little Cascade’, but I have a suspicion that i may have transposed it from the original key.

Thanks for the info Kenny, you are right, i searched, it was released on CD 2 years ago: Topic TSCD517. It is sold on the Topic site.

Roche II, page 24, tune #254 “Paddy be Aisy”

"The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music, Volume II", 1912
"Hop Jigs" ~ pages 24 - 28

X: 2
T: Paddy Be Aisy
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Ador
|: B |\
A3 edB efg | A3 edB d2 B | A3 edB efg | fed edB d2 :|
|: e |\
fef afd efg | fef afd g2 e | fef afd efg | fed edB d2 :|

“Paddy, Now Won’t You Be Aisy”- 3 parts

A version in Dmaj with an additional third part can be found in ‘The Fiddler’s Tune-Book’:

X: 1
T: Paddy, Now Won’t You Be Aisy
C: Trad.
S: The Fiddler’s Tune-Book; Slip Jigs & Waltzes; p.13, No.57.
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
Q: 280
K: Dmaj
|| A |: DED dcd BAF | DED dcd B2A | DED dcd BAF | BED EFA B2A :|
|: dcd ded cBA | ded def g2e | dcd ded cBA | BED EFA B2A :|
|: dDD dcd BAF | dDD dcd B2A | dDD dcd BAF | BED EFA B2A :|

Paddy Be Easy, X:4

A four-part setting as played by accordionist John Carmichael, Glasgow.