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  1. The Ale Is Dearer Set

From the album Roaming Free

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The Ale Is Dearer Set consists of three reels, The Ale Is Dear, Jenny Dang The Weaver and The Reconciliation.

When I think of the Ale Is Dear tune, I think of a little known fact that printers in the days of Elizabeth the First of England were paid by the hour in pints of ale. Oh Dear, Oh Dear.

The second tune, Jenny Dang The Weaver, commemorates the occasion when the 'Jenny' or weaving machine took over from the weaving loom.

And the third tune, the Reconciliation, celebrates the bringing together of notes of music in a tune which happily celebrates the rounding off of this set of music!