Ryan's Mammoth Collection
|7th Regiment||75||48||DM: AKA Picnic (Ryan p71). Really a hornpipe, this tune is attributed to "Conn. Higgins," hence O'Neill's title Higgins' Best. There were many 7th Regiments, but this title probably refers to a New York National Guard unit that played a major role in the early days of the Civil War and was honored in the titles of a number of marches and dance tunes. A simpler version in G is now known as The Flowing Tide.|
|After the Hare||60||34||NG: Arguably Duchess of Athol's Slipper (K2v1p15)|
|Alhambra, The||47||22||DM: Probably named for one of several Alhambra theatres or music halls rather than the Moorish castle.|
|All Aboard||57||32||NG: The Cuckoo's Nest or Jacky Tar.|
|All the Go||61||35||NG: This is the Scottish reel Sleepy Maggie
CM/PW: Jenny's Chickens (2 parts)
|All the Way to Galway||45||21||NG: A' the Way to Galloway (K2v3p10); Big Kirsty (K2v1p12)|
|Around the World||54||29||NG: The Highlandman Kissed His Mother (K2v1p7); Jolly Seven (Cole's)
CM/PW: Miss Kelly in Ryan's.
DM: Jolly Seven (Ryan p53)
|Banks of Enverness||34||11||NG: This has the same root as the Northumbrian tune
Salmon Tails Up the Water (NPp46), and the earlier
Banks of Inverness.
CM/PW: Fisherman's Lilt (a polka in Ireland) [see WCp26].
DM: Michael Coleman's Kerryman's Daughter, AKA Fisherman's Lilt. As a polka or ceili dance tune, it is The Siege of Ennis.
|Beaux of Oak Hill||52||28||NG: This is known as a hornpipe, The Boys of Blue Hill. Aka Boys of North Tyne (1).|
|Bella Union||58||32||DM: Named for a San Francisco "melodeon" (variety theatre).|
|Belles of Lewiston||49||--||DM: Named for Lewiston, Maine?|
|Belles of Omaha||65||38||CM/PW: The Morning Star.
NG: An alternative name in DMI is The Belles of Omagh (DMI475); in K2v2p27 it's called The Belles of Amaha, and in K2v6p32 it's called The Belles of Omaha.
|Belles of Tipperary||29||5||CM/PW: Braes of Auchtertyre .
NG: This can be found in K2v2p29 as The Belles of Tipperary, with only one note difference (although the Kerr's version is in 4/4, Cole's in 2/4). The original strathspey, The Braes of Auchtertyre was written by Crockat and can be seen in K2v1p14.
DM: Often falsely identified as The New Policeman. Derived from the Scottish Braes of Auchentyre (p68) and related to Miss Monaghan (Connaught Lasses, p28).
|Ben Butler's||78||50||DM: Civil War Union General Butler was commander of occupying forces in New Orleans during Reconstruction. Defeated as a presidential candidate, he was elected governor of Massachusetts in 1882, the year of Ryan's publication.|
|Bennett's Favourite||35||12||CM/PW: The Silver Spire
DM: AKA Great Eastern (Ryan's p73), Paddy Killoran's The Silver Spire.
|Betty Pringle's Pig||59||33||CM/PW: The North End (and not a Neil Gow
NG: Attributed to Niel Gow, but as far as I know, Gow never composed anything under this title, and I can't match the tune to any Scottish tune I know. However, there was a Scottish collection published in 1844 called "Hamilton's Universal Tunebook" which contains a tune called Betty Pringle's Pig - not the same tune as the one in Cole's, but the same title.
|Black-Eyed Lassie||70||43||NG: Captain Keeler's (K2v1p15)|
|Blackwater||39||15||CM/PW: Perrie Werrie.
NG: Found in K2v2p15 as The Perrie Wherrie.
HH: Found in OMI as The Avonmore.
|Blodgett's||24||--||CM/PW: Jackson's; Miss Daly's (Ryan's).
PdG: Appears as The Dublin Reel in MFI (Bk 1, no.33) and in O'Neill. See also Jackson's (CRE3,102)
DM: First part is from The Dublin Reel (in G, as played by Michael Coleman as Jackson's) and the second is similar to a part from the Union Reel recorded by John Kimmel.
|Blue Eyed Lassie||7||HH: Early Rising (OMI)|
|Bonnie Lad, The||40||16||NG: Because He Was a Bonnie Lad (K2v2p4)|
|Boston, The||37||--||DM: The Flowers of St. Petersburg (Ryan p53)|
|Boyle O'Reilly's||59||34||DM: Named for John Boyle O'Reilly, born Drogheda, 1844, a Fenian escapee from Australian exile on the Catalpa. Published poetry and edited The Pilot, the Boston Catholic newspaper, from 1876 until his death in 1890.|
|Boyne Hunt||29||6||NG: The Perth Hunt (K2v1p8)
Dm: The Perthshire Hunt originally. In E as Molly McGuire's (Ryan p30).
|Braes of Auchentyre||68||42||CM/PW: See Belles of Tipperary.
DM: Scottish original of The Belles of Tipperary, Connaught Lasses (Miss Monaghan, Ryan p28).
|Bride of Kildare||32||10||NG: There is a strong resemblence to the Scottish piece The Smith's a Gallant Fireman.|
|Brightest Eyes||60||34||CM/PW: Jolly Clamdigger's (Ryan's); Rising
DM: Sweeney's Dream (Killoran and Sweeney).
|Charming Mollie's||33||10||DM: O'Neill's Kiss Me Kate|
|Charter Oak||74||46||DM: The Charter Oak is a symbol of Connecticut. In 1687 the British government demanded the return of the royal charter of the Connecticut colony. It was instead concealed it in a white oak tree, which survived until 1856. Zeke Backus, to whom this tune was attributed, was a New England bandleader and minstrel performer.|
|Cheese It||56||30||NG: Corney Is Coming (DMI762)
DM: Old American slang for "cut it out!"
|Clyde Side Lasses||72||44||NG: A Scottish reel.
DM: See notes for Ladies' Delight.
|Col. McBain's||57||31||NG: Colonel McBean.
DM: Johnny's Wedding.
|Come to Your Tay||52||28||CM/PW: a version of Ora Stor a' Ghra - a Highland in Donegal.|
|Come Under My Dimity||95||--||BB: Moll Roe.|
|Connaught Lasses||28||5||DM: O'Neill's Miss Monaghan [DMI575]. Related to Belles of Tipperary (p29 Ryan's), both of which are derived from Scottish Braes of Auchentyre (p68 Ryan's).|
|Corkonian||44||20||NG: Merry Blacksmith; Paddy On the
DM: Paddy on the Railroad (Ryan p51), The Peeler's Jacket (Ryan p45). O'Neill's Merry Blacksmith (or Ike Forrester's). The Devil's in Dublin is a name now attached to an elaborate setting played by Michael Coleman following The Boys of the Lough.
|Corporal Casey's Fancy||43||20||CM/PW: The Five Mile Chase
DM: Parnell's [Ryan's p26].
|Countess of Louden||42||19||CM/PW: The Rising Sun (one of a few under this
NG: This tune can be found in Aird, and it also has similarities with Kitty Clyde's
|Cross Road||62||36||CM/PW: The Three Merry Sisters (parts 1 and 2)|
|Cup of Tea, The||31||9||DM: Not the usual "Cup" — this one is O'Neill's The Merry Harriers. Kerr's II has it as The Cup of Tay.|
|Dandy Mike's||31||HH: Maid of Argyle (Cole p35); Muldoon's Favorite (Cole p39).|
|Devil Among the Tailors, The||42||18||DM: Devil's Dream (Ryan p54)|
|Devil's Dream, The||54||30||NG: An American development of the Scots reel Devil Amang the Tailors (Ryan p42)|
|Dimen Dru Deelish||49||25||CM/PW: Scotch Mary (DMI729) (should be
anglicised as Drimeen Dhu Deelish).
NG: Same tune as My Love Is Far Away (Ryan).
DM: Thia name is corruption of the Gaelic "Druim Fionn Dubh Dilis" (Dear White-backed Black Cow), a coded or poetical reference to Ireland used by Jacobites and later nationalists.
|Donegall Boys||51||--||DM: See notes to Paddy McFadden's.|
|Dublin Lasses||30||8||DM: Two-part F version of the three-part G reel The Boys of Ballisodare recorded by Paddy Killoran (Michael Coleman recorded it as Miss Roddy).|
|Evergreen Lasses||46||22||CM/PW: The Templehouse [DMI505]
DM: The Old Templehouse [Ryan p28]
|Farewell to Erin||32||9||DM: O'Neill's uncredited setting is identical to the version from Ryan's. He also had another setting in G major called The London Lasses, which is not the tune by that name in Ryan's on p54. Ryan's Farewell to Ireland was also probably copied in Kerr's IV, which titles it Miss McLeod of Rosses, a name of dubious Scottish provenance. The Roche collection printed it as The Flying Column, a reference to the Republican guerrilla squads of the Irish war of independence and it is now often known as Austin Tierney's after a fiddler with the Kilfenora Ceili Band.|
|Farrell O'Gara's Favorite||76||47||DM: Not the tune now known by this name and recorded by Michael Coleman. See notes to Last Night's Fun (Ryan p28).|
|First Night in Leadville||47||22||DM: Named for Colorado mining boom town|
|First of May||76||48||CM/PW: Played as a hornpipe in Ireland [DMI899]
DM: Really a hornpipe. A cut-time version of the jig The Rakes of Kildare. Versions serve as the air of songs, including The Galbally Farmer and The Little Skillet Pot.
|Five Leafed Clover||40||16||CM/PW: Interesting variant of either The Star of
Munster [DMI495] or The Hunter's Purse.
DM: The Hunter's Purse (Killoran), Bridie Morley's (on a John McKenna 78rpm record).
|Fletcher's Delight||48||HH: Dancer's Delight (OMI)
DM: O'Neill's Dancer's Delight. This version was played by Lad O'Beirne, who passed it on to Paddy Reynolds.
|Flip McGilder's||64||38||NG: This is a Scottish reel by Donald Dow
called Bonnie Annie (K2v2p9).
DM: Follow Me Down [DMI547]
|Flogging||27||7||NG: The Flagon (K2v2p16)|
|Flowers of Edinburg||45||21||CM/PW: Hornpipe in Ireland
NG: An old Scottish tune, The Flowers of Edinburgh, originally a "Scotch Measure". K2v1p23
|Flowers of Limerick||56||31||CM/PW: The Bunch of Keys; The Telephone
Reel (in Ryan's); Paddy On the Turnpike (Ryan p47).
NG: Known in Scotland as The Old Reel or The Cairngorm Brooch.
PdG: I dimly and perhaps mistakenly recall The Yellow Heifer as being another title for this tune.
|Flowers of St. Petersburg, The||53||28||DM: The Boston (Ryan p37)|
|Forget Me Not||77||49||NG: Lady Mary Ramsay (K2v1p10); The Queen's
CM/PW: Miss Ramsay
DM: See notes to Kilkenny Boys (Ryan p47).
|Foxie Mary||30||6||DM: Roaring Mary on a Paddy Killoran 78 rpm disc.|
|From Shore to Shore||59||34||DM: Not O'Neill's tune by this name.|
|Gem of Ireland||66||40||NG: Homeward Bound (1)|
|Gen Longstreet's||68||42||DM: Named for a South Carolina-born Confederate General. Tune attributed to Frank Livingston, whose name is associated in Ryan's with many titles with Confederate connections.|
|Golden Gate||69||42||DM: Better as a hornpipe.|
|Grand Spy||48||--||CM/PW: The Grand Spey.
DM: Perhaps a corruption of Grants Strathspey or The Grants of Strathspey (subsequently further corrupted as The Graf Spee). Other versions: Winnie Green's Favorite (Ryan p50), The Western Lasses (DMI765), The Rothiemurcus Rant (Kerrs I, Skye Collection).
|Great Eastern||73||46||CM/PW: The Silver Spire.
DM: AKA Bennett's (Ryan's p35), Paddy Killoran's The Silver Spire.
|Green Groves of Erin||76||48||NG: The Flail; Mr John Stewart of Grantully
CM/PW: Miss Stewart of Grantully (its Scottish parentage is not generally known to musicians)
|Green Grow the Rushes||45||21||CM/PW: A highland/barndance/hornpipe in Ireland|
|Green Trees of Athol||58||32||NG: The Green Tree (Gow coll)|
|Half-Penny, The||50||--||DM: Honey-Moon [Ryan p41]|
|Hibernia's Pride||70||32||CM/PW: The Flannel Jacket (in the Roche
Collection, Vol 1); The New Policeman (Ryan p58).
DM: Peeler's Jacket (but not the one in Ryan's). See note to "The New Policeman's" (p. 58)
|Highland Skip||51||27||CM/PW: Boyne Hunt [DMI514]|
|Hippodrome||63||38||DM: Probably named for one of many Hippodrome theaters.|
|Hit or Miss||43||19||DM: Larry Redican's Culfodda (AKA Larry Og's) borrowed the second part and changed the key from C to F. Played by Winston Fitzgerald (Breton Books cassette of 78s and house party tapes).|
|Honey-Moon||41||17||DM: The Half-Penny [Ryan p50]|
|Humours of Rockstown||54||29||DM: Humours of Ballinacarrig, [DMI664] O'Neill's translation of "Rockstown" into Irish.|
|Humours of Tufts Street||35||11||CM/PW: The Humours of Cuffe Street
NG: In Kerr's as Cuffe Street (K2v4p13)
DM: A version of Reel of Bogie.
|I'm Over Young to Marry Yet||31||9||DM: Title from Robbie Burns song. Played as a fling in Ireland and used as air to many songs, including Limerick Races.|
|Indy's Favourite||70||42||NG: Judy's Reel [K2v2p25]; The Barmaid (Aly
CM/PW: Maid Behind the Bar; The Green Mountain [DMI481]
|Inimitable||62||36||HH: O'Neill's hornpipe Everybody's Favorite.|
|Irish-American||25||3||DM: Same as Lee's Double Clog (p. 160 Ryan's), AKA The Narrowback, a favorite tune of New York fiddlers Larry Redican and Andy McGann.|
|Irishman's Love, The||49||--||DM: Pretty Girls of Mayo (polka version: Goodbye Muirsheen Durkin).|
|Ivy Leaf||73||45||DM: Not O'Neill's Ivy Leaf but his Smoky Chimney and really a hornpipe.|
|Jack Smith's Favourite||67||40||NG: Caber Feidh (K2v1p14).
DM: Reel version of Orange and Blue Scottish fling (Kerr's I). AKA Kathy Jones.
NG: Don is right - it's not Caber Feidh, but a version of Orange and Blue.
|Jenny Danged the Weaver||29||5||DM: More usually (as in Kerr's I) Jenny Dang the Weaver. Three part Irish setting known as Longford Spinster, Longford Tinker or Furze Bush.|
|Jenny Nettle's Fancy||77||50||DM: O'Neill's Jenny Pippin. Recorded by Altan
as Tommy Peoples' and by Eileen Ivers as Paul
NG: Does not seem related to the Scots Jenny Nettles (Kerr's I).
|Jenny's Baby||43||19||NG: Jenny's Bawbee (K2v1p4)|
|Jimmy Holmes' Fav||73||46||NG: Rachel Rae (K2v1p4)|
|Joe Tanzy's||52||28||NG: Pat Carney's (Ryan p55); Mr Menzies of
Culdares (Gow coll); Braes of
Glendochart/Glendochert (older Scots colls)
DM: Paddy Murphy's Wife (DMI744)
|Jolly Clam Diggers||38||15||CM/PW: The Rising Sun [DMI608];
Brightest Eyes (in Ryan).
HH: The Lame Fisherman (OMI)
DM: Relative of The Rising Sun (Ryan p41), The Old Blackthorn Stick, The Master's Return (Paddy Killoran) and Kerr's Countess of Loudon's.
|Jolly Seven||53||27||NG: The Highlandman Kissed His Mother (K2v1p7);
Around the World (Ryan p54)
DM: Miss Kelly's (Ryan p57)
|Judy's Reel||25||4||BB: Maid Behind the Bar; The Green Mountain [DMI481].
NG: The Barmaid (Aly Bain)
DM: Indy's Favorite (p70 Ryan's). More usually, The Maid Behind the Bar, Judy's was the name used by button accordionist Jerry O'Brien on his Copley recording, and in Kerr's II.
|Keel Row||47||23||NG: Played as a schottische in Scotland (K2v1p19). In
Cole's/Ryan it's also called Twin Sisters.
CM/PW: Highland in Ireland
DM: AKA Weel May the Keel Row (Ryan p74)
|Kelton's||24||--||CM/PW: Pigtown (both as a reel and a highland in Ireland) [K2v2p29]|
|Kilkenny Boys||47||23||NG: Lady Mary Ramsay (K2v1p10); The Queen's
CM/PW: Miss Ramsay (both as a reel and a highland in Ireland)
DM: Forget Me Not (Ryan p77). Reel version of the strathspey Lady Mary Ramsay's (Ryan p166)
|Kilwinning's Steeple||70||43||NG: Clock In the Steeple (1)
DM: The Clock in the Steeple [DMI522]. Jackie Daly recorded it as The Pope's Toe.
|Kitty Clyde's||62||36||NG: Miss Betsy Robertson (K2v2p15); Kitty Robertson (K2v4p14)|
|Ladies' Delight||52||27||NG: Pretty Peg (K2v2p17).
HH: Bill Clancy's Delight (OMI).
DM: Pretty Peg family, includes Humours of Westport, Maguinnis' Delight (Ryan p69), Clyde-Side Lassies (Ryan p72), Clydesdale Lasses (K2v1p14).
|Ladies' Pandelettes||77||50||DM: Not O'Neill's Ladies Pantalettes (Duke of Leinster's Missus) but a relation of his Eileen Curran (The Sailor's Return) or Paresis in Harding's Collection. All descend from Lady Dalrymple's, a Scots strathspey. Pantelettes were calf-length leggings worn underneath a skirt or dress in more modest times.|
|Lady Elgin's Courtship||60||33||CM/PW: Arguably The Boyne Hunt [see notes]
NG: Actually it's a Scottish reel called Lady Madelina Sinclair's Birthday, which can be found in K2v2p23.
|Lady Gardner's||28||6||CM/PW: Five Mile Chase
NG: The Four-Hand Reel (DMI767), aka The Yellow Haired Laddie (in Ryan's) and The Bunch of Keys (1)
|Lady Edmonton's||35||12||NG: Miss Edmondston (various Scots colls)|
|Lady Forbe's||36||13||NG: Lady Harriet Hope (K2v1p14)|
|Lady Montgomery's Reel||35||11||NG: Found in Bb as Lady Montgomery (K2v1p17).
Also in Ryan as Rising Sun.
DM: Recorded (in C rather than D) by Hughie Gillespie on 78 rpm disc and by Andy McGann, Joe Burke and Felix Dolan (as Phelim's Frolics) on their LP Tribute to Michael Coleman. Kerr's I has it in B-flat.
|Land League||68||41||DM: Really a hornpipe. The attribution to Parnell is a joke, as Charles Stewart Parnell was the president of the pro-tenant National Land League founded in 1879. Parnell had been on a fundraising trip in America in 1880, two years before Ryan's was published.|
|Lardner's||44||19||DM: See notes for The Turnpike|
|Larry Downs'||63||37||NG: Malcolm Finlay; Calum Fhionnlaith (Brenda Stubbert's collection)|
|Last Night's Fun||28||6||HH: Farrell O'Gara's Favourite (OMI)
DM: Not the tune usually so called today but O'Neill's Macroom Lasses. Michael Coleman recorded it as a fling (Killarney Wonder). Also in Ryan's as Old Joe Sife's (p56), Pretty Jane's (p64), Farrell O'Gara's (p76).
|Lavan's Favourite||37||13||DM: O'Neill's Larry Lavin's Choice.|
|League and Slasher||35||12||BB: Pigeon On the Gate; Lagan Slashers.
DM: Pigeon on the Gate (not the one in Ryan p30).
|Leap Year||45||20||NG: Lucy Campbell; Cheap Meal (K2v1p12)|
|Let's Be Gay||47||22||CM/PW: variant of Duke of Perth [K2v1p11]|
|Levantine's Barrel||46||21||DM: Named for F.F. Levantine, an American variety theatre entertainer of the 1870s whose most famous act involved a spinning barrel. There was a Levantine's variety theatre in Albany, New York.|
|Little Duke's||67||39||Adrian Scahill: It has been recorded by Paddy O'Brien and James Kelly.|
|Limerick Lasses||34||11||HH: Who Made Your Breeches? (Cole p25)
DM: Three-part version of Who Made Your Breeches (Ryan p50) DM: Andy has it as O'Neill's Maguire's Kick, Kerr's II no. 287, p31
|Little Duke's||67||39||NG: The A part is almost identical to Miss Gibson's or The Cumberland Reel (K2v2p23), but the B part is different.|
|Liverpool Jack's||46||19||DM: See notes for Terence's Rambles.|
|London Lasses, The||54||5||DM: Not O'Neill's London Lasses but his Curragh Races, which Breathnach has as The Maid in the Cherry Tree, which name is also applied to the other London Lasses, O'Neill's G-major version of Farewell to Erin (Ryan p32).|
|Lord Gordon's||29||5||NG: Aka The Scotch Patriot (Ryan).|
|Lucy Campbell||63||36||NG: Originally a Scottish reel, Miss Lucy
Campbell's Delight published in Stewart's collection
DM: Leap Year (Ryan p45).
|Magic Slipper||54||30||CM/PW: Maude Millar
PdG: cf. James Keane's recording and 'Play 50 Reels', Armagh Pipers Club. (abc) The Maude Miller in O'Neill is different but related (DMI 480). See discussion of this tune in IRTRAD archives, 13-14 March 1998. Recorded by Cape Breton fiddler Howie MacDonald as Dan Galbey's.
DM: See notes for Paddy McFadden's
|Maggie Picking Cockles||32||9||CM/PW: Jenny Picking Cockles (related to
Jenny's Welcome to Charlie with relationships to some
strains of The College Groves).
DM: More usually Jenny Picking Cockles, a reel version of the jig Cailleach an Airgead.
|Maguinnis' Delight||69||42||CM/PW: variant of Clydeside Lassies [K2v1p14]
DM: See notes for Ladies' Delight.
|Maid of Athens||46||21||DM: Primitive version of Dowd's No. 9. Recorded by Donegal melodeon player Tom Doherty as The Maid I Daren't Tell. Maid of Athens was a poem by Lord Byron ("Maid of Athens, ere we part, Give, oh, give me back my heart!"|
|Marquis Hansley's||62||35||NG: The A part is Stirling Castle (K2v1p4); the B part Marquis of Huntly's Highland Fling (K2v1p6)|
|Mason's Cap||39||16||NG: The Mason's Apron (K2v1p23, Ryan p77)|
|McDonald's||46||22||NG: Lord Macdonald's (K2v1,10)
DM: Known as Leather Breeches in the US.
|Merry Night at Tumble Brig||73||45||NG: Mr Lindsay (Glen coll)|
|Mill-Town Maid||31||9||CM/PW: Three Merry Sisters (parts 1 and 2)|
|Mill-Town Maid||31||9||DM: Same as Cup of Tea (Merry Harriers, Ryan's p31) but in Em instead of Am.|
|Miller's Reel||72||45||CM/PW: The Dawn
DM: The Dawn or Spirit of 1880 (Ryan p48).
|Minnie Foster||156||--||NG: Appears in MFI (Book2, no.52) as The Black Swan. CM notes that he played a hornpipe he learned from John Doherty to Danny O'Donnell, who "immediately noted that Sean McGuire recorded it in a flat key and called it The Black Swan." It apparently appears in (CM again) "in a White-Smith series collection in a different key as The Comet, named...to mark the occurence of a recent comet."|
|Miss Brown's||37||14||CM/PW: Una Bhain Ni Chuinneagin; The Donegal
NG: Also found in Kerr's as a hornpipe (K2v2p36)
DM: Now known as The Donegal Reel.
|Miss Campbell's||43||20||NG: Miss Campbell Monzies (K2v3p3)|
|Miss Corbett's||36||13||NG: The New Demesne (DMI484); also in Aird and other Scots collections as Miss Corbett|
|Miss Daly's||116||47||CM/PW: Blodgett's Reel (in Ryan's); Jacksons (one of a few)|
|Miss Gunning's Fancy||54||29||NG: At some point this has been mistakenly attributed
to William Marshall. AKA The Contradiction.
DM: The Contradiction (DMI724). The two Miss Gunnings were good looking 18th-century Irish lasses who married well in London. See Andrew Kuntz' article in Fiddler magazine.
|Miss Horgan's||54||29||NG: Miss Forbes (K2v2,12)|
|Miss Kelly's||57||32||NG: The Highlandman Kissed His Mother (K2v1p7); Jolly Seven (Ryan p53); Around the World (Ryan p)|
|Miss Plaudy's||62||35||NG: General Drummond (K2v4p14)|
|Molly Bawn's||52||27||DM: O'Neill's Fairhaired Molly|
|Molly McGuire's||30||7||NG: The Perth Hunt (K2v1p8)
CM/PW: Boyne Hunt (Scottish: The Perthshire Hunt)
DM: E setting of The Boyne Hunt (p29). The leaders of the "Molly McGuires," Irish union militants in the Pennsylvnia coal mines, were executed in 1877.
|Money Musk||57||31||CM/PW: Moneymusk (a highland in Ireland)
NG: Originally called Sir Archibald Grant of Monemusk's Reel, this most widespread of tunes was written by Daniel (sometimes called Donald) Dow (1732-83), a Scottish fiddler. Aka Monymusk.
|Mountain||28||5||NG: This appears to be a reel version of the Scottish
strathspey Miss Drummond of Perth, aka Miss Sarah
Drummond of Perth, by Niel Gow.
DM: Yorkshire Bite (Ryan's p65). Reel setting of strathspey Miss Drummond of Perth (Ryan's p164).
|My Love Is Far Away||30||7||CM/PW: Scotch Mary.
NG: Same tune as Dimen Dru Deelish) (also in Ryan p49).
|My Love Is On the Ocean||55||30||DM: New Mown Meadow (OMI), Threepenny Bit (DMI619).|
|New Policeman's||58||32||CM/PW: The Flannel Jacket (in Roche Vol.1);
Hibernia's Pride (Ryan p71)
DM: Not O'Neill's New Policeman nor yet The Belles of Tipperary, which often gets this name. Same as Peeler's [or Flannel] Jacket, Hibernia's Pride (Ryan p71).
|New Wedding||51||25||DM: Second Wedding [DMI677]|
|Nicodemus Johnson||62||35||DM: An 1865 blackface song reprinted in "Minstrel Songs Old and New" by Ditson in Boston in 1883, the same year as Ryan's.|
|Niel Gow's||37||13||NG: The Perth Hunt (K2v1p8)
CM/PW: The Boyne Hunt
|Oh Gang With Me to Yon Town||34||12||NG: I'll Gang Nae Mair to Yon Toun (K2v2p21)
DM: Lucky in Love (on a John McKenna 78rpm record). AKA I'll Gang Nae Mair to Yon Town.
|Old Batchelor||51||--||NG: This is the old Scots reel Rachael Rae (K2v1p4).
DM: Courting Them All [DMI713] (alternative title Bashful Bachelor).
|Old Granite State||77||49||DM: The Granite State is New Hampshire.|
|Old Joe Sife's||56||30||HH: Farrell O'Gara's Favourite (OMI)
DM: Macroom Lasses. [DMI496] . Michael Coleman recorded it as a fling (Killarney Wonder). Also in Ryan's as Last Night's Fun (p28), Pretty Jane's (p64), Farrell O'Gara's (p76).
|Old Maids of Galway||35||12||CM/PW: George White's Favourite
PdG: It is not George White's Favourite DM: Johnny When You Die (Kerry Fiddles LP), Girls of Co. Mayo (CRE1), Come into the Room, I Want You (Dan Sullivan's Shamrock Band).
|Old Templehouse||28||5||DM: Evergreen Lasses (p46 Ryan's), Templehouse [DMI505]. The Templehouse is an estate in County Sligo named for a Norman Knights Templar castle on the grounds.|
|Old Zip Coon||48||--||DM: Minstrel title for Turkey in the Straw.|
|Once Upon My Cheek||39||15||DM: O'Neill's Pet of the House (in G rather than A). Colosseum in Howe's 1000 and Kerr's I. O'Neill's alternate title is Coliseum.|
|Ostinelli's||67||41||DM: Really a hornpipe. Louis Ostinelli was an Italian violinist who settled in Boston in 1818. "He was keenly aware of the reputation the violin had as a vernacular instrument in New England. According to several anecdotes, he was furious when his violin was referred to as a fiddle or when he was requested to play dance music. Once when asked by a lady if he was to play for a dance following a concert, he deliberately cut his violin strings and said 'Veree story, veree story, madam, you see I can no play.'" (Michael Broyles, Music of the Highest Class: Elitism and Populism in Antebellum Boston). Ostinelli may have gotten his revenge on dance fiddlers with this challenging tune!|
|Our Boys||25||3||NG: The Monaghan Switch (NFp70)|
|Paddy McFadden's||49||--||CM/PW: Maude Millar (see notes to
The Magic Slipper)
DM: Same family as Maud Millar (or Miller) (Morrison, Killoran 78s). Other versions in Ryan: Magic Slipper (p54), Donegall Boys (p51). All are descended from the strathspey John Roy Stewart (K2v2p21).
|Paddy On the Railroad||51||25||CM/PW: Merry Blacksmith|
|Paddy On the Turnpike||47||23||NG: see notes for Flowers of Limerick|
|Paddy the Piper||25||4||DM: The Game of Love in OMI.|
|Paine's||74||46||NG: Dundee Hornpipe etc
DM: Pantomime (Ryan p48)
|Pantomime||48||23||NG: Dundee Hornpipe; Union Hornpipe;
DM: Paine's (Ryan p74), The Kildare Fancy hornpipe. Related to Dundee (Ryan p121), Duxbury (Ryan p146), etc hornpipes.
|Parnell's||26||7||NG: Yellow Haired Laddie (Cole p36);
Four-Hand Reel (DMI767); Bunch of
Keys (1); Curly Haired Laddie (K2v6p27)
HH: Aka Corporal Casey's Fancy (Cole p20)
|Pat Carney's||55||30||NG: Joe Tanzy's (Ryan p52); Mr Menzies of
Culdares (Gow coll); Braes of
Glendochart/Glendochert (older Scots colls)
DM: Paddy Murphy's Wife (DMI744)
|Peeler's Jacket||45||22||NG: Merry Blacksmith
DM: Not the tune now called by this name. Same as Corkonian, etc. (Ryan p44)
|Peep o' Day||60||34||DM: The "Peep o' Day Boys" were Protestant gangs who terrorized Ulster Catholics in the late 18th century.|
|Peter Street||78||50||NG: Timour the Tarter|
|Picnic||71||43||NG: The Flowing Tide, a hornpipe in Ireland.
DM: See notes for 7th Regiment.
|Pigeon On the Gate||30||8||BB: Swallow's Tail; Pride of the Ball
DM: AKA Pride of the Ball (Ryan p63), Steeple Chase (Ryan p71). Not the usual Pigeon — this one is Michael Coleman's Swallowtail.
|Pigeon On the Gate||30||8||HH: The Jolly Little Boy (OMI)|
|Piper's Lass||38||15||NG: Rolling in the Rye Grass (DMI766)
CM/PW: Rathkeale Hunt (in Ryan p49)
|Pretty Jane's||64||38||See notes for Last Night's Fun.|
|Pride of the Ball||63||37||BB: Swallow's Tail; Pigeon On the Gate [Ryan p14]|
|Primrose Lass, The||29||5||NG: Found in some Scottish pipe collections as Primrose Girl.|
|Pulaski Guards'||65||39||DM: Confederate companies from Pulaski County, Virginia and Pulaski County, Georgia were both organized as the "Pulaski Guards."|
|Rakish Highlander||3||HH: The Mountain Lark (OMI)|
|Rathkeale Hunt||49||23||CM/PW: Rolling On the Ryegrass; Piper's Lass [Ryan p38]|
|Rattle the Bottles||75||48||NG: Push About the Jorum (K2v3p9)|
|Repeal of the Union||78||50||DM: The title refers to nationalist agitation led by Daniel O'Connell in the 1840s for the repeal of the Union of Ireland with Great Britain, which had dissolved Ireland's separate parliament. Kerr's IV has it as Roll Her in the Rushes.|
|Riley's Favourite||64||37||NG: This is a reel varsion of the Scots strathspey or schottische The Smith's a Gallant Fireman (K2v1p4), which in turn stems from an earlier Scottish tune Clunie's Reel. The reel version is also found in DMI as More Luck to Us.|
|Rising Sun||41||18||NG: Found in Bb as Lady Montgomery (K2v1p17). Also in Ryan as Lady Montgomery. This is not the same tune as The Rising Sun in DMI608.|
|Rival, The||55||30||NG: I have a 78rpm record of The Grafton Quartet
DM: More naturally a hornpipe.
|Rocks of Cashel||75||48||HH: Carrigaline (OMI)
DM: O'Neill's Carrigaline, Paddy Killoran's Steeplechase.
|Rose-Bud||33||10||DM: Reel setting of Mountain Ranger hornpipe (Ryan p138).|
|Roving Bachelor||33||10||CM/PW: A Sheamuis Bhig a' bhFuil Ocras ort?
(Little Seamus are you hungry - a Highland in Donegal)
DM: Recorded by Kennedy and Ní Mhaonaigh as Tommy Peoples'.
|Rustic||60||33||NG: I have a 78rpm record of The Grafton Quartet playing this|
|Salamanca, The||29||6||DM: Breandán Breathnach believed the name commemorated Wellington's 1812 victory over Marmont at Salamanca during the Peninsular Campaign.|
|Scotch Patriot's, The||24||3||NG: Aka Lord Gordon's (DMI, Ryan).|
|Shaw's||78||49||DM: AKA The Norfolk Hornpipe (Ryan p118).|
|Shippen Street Land-Lady's||64||38||DM: Probably named for Philadelphia's Shippen Street, home to many sailors' taverns, including one with a sign inscribed: "The seaworn sailor here will find/The porter good, the treatment kind." Weehawken, NJ also had a Shippen Street of note.|
|Shuffle||72||44||BB: Jacksons [see Blodgett's]
DM: Relative of Bucks of Oranmore.
|Silver Cluster||27||8||DM: Similar to O'Neill's two Off to California settings and his Whiskey You're the Devil, a version in A major.|
|Sleepy Maggy||19||19||CM/PW: Jenny's Chickens; All the Go [in Ryan's] DM: Scottish original of Michael Coleman's Jenny's Chickens.|
|Smith's||73||46||CM/PW: Kitty's Wedding Hornpipe DM: Smith's Delight (Ryan p43), Kitty's Wedding hornpipe in O'Neill's.|
|Smith's Delight||43||19||CM/PW: Kitty's Wedding Hornpipe DM: Smiths (Ryan p73), Kitty's Wedding hornpipe in O'Neill's.|
|Smith's Reel||73||46||CM/PW: Kitty's Wedding Hornpipe|
|Spirit of 1880||48||--||CM/PW: The Dawn
NG: Miller's Reel (Ryan p72)
|Steeple Chase||71||43||CM/PW: The Swallow's Tail; Pride of the Ball (in Ryan's)
BB: Pigeon On the Gate
DM: Not the tune recorded by Paddy Killoran under this name, but Michael Coleman's The Swallowtail.
|Swallow Sloop of War||75||48||NG:The Swallow (Gow collections)
DM: The most famous HMS Swallow was the vessel sailed round the world (1766 - 1769) by Commander Philip Carteret.
|Teetotaller's||39||16||DM: Temperance (Ryan's p32)|
|Telephone||150||38||See notes for Flowers of Limerick|
|Terence's Ramble||32||10||DM: Miss McGuinness, Take Your Choice, Liverpool Jack's (Ryan p46), Dan Backus' Favorite (Ryan p56).|
|73||45||DM: References to "Tom and Jerry" (including
the once-popular New Year's eggnong made with rum and brandy
and the long-running Hanna Barbera cartoon) all have their
origin in Pierce Egan's 1821 novel Life in London; or, The
Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq., and his elegant
friend, Corinthian Tom, and in plays based on that book.
NG: Although it is labelled "Scotch," I have been unable to locate any Scots model for this tune to date.
|Turnpike||30||7||DM: Lardner's (Ryan's p44). O'Neill's Halfway House. Same as Recorded by Kennedy and Ní Mhaonaigh (Tommy Peoples').|
|Twin Katy's||28||5||DM: Similar to O'Neill's Kate Kelly's Fancy. This version was popular in Sliabh Luachra, where it is one of several Doon Reels. Johnny Cronin called it The Private Ass and Cart, a name used on fiddler Kathleen Collins's LP.|
|Wake Up Susan||45||21||NG: Breakdown (records; a favourite in Scottish Country Dancing)|
|Walker Street||72||45||DM: The Traveller (DMI719).
NG: This was published in Kohler's Violin Repository (Edinburgh, 1881-5) as Walker Street Hornpipe. Twenty-odd years later it appears in O'Neill's DMI as The Traveller. It's also well known in Canada as The Laborer's Reel. (Kate Dunlay suggests that the "Traveller" title may stem from the French travailler = to work or labour.)
Philip Katz: The late Aime Gagnon (? - 1997) a fine fiddler of Lotbiniere Village, Lotbiniere Township, on the south shore of the St Lawrence 40 miles upriver from Quebec City, played a slightly more Quebecois variant (a bit more arpeggiated; more string crossings) of this tune. He called it Reel des Ouvriers, which I understand translates as The Worker's Reel or The Labourer's Reel.
|Weel May the Keel Row||74||46||DM: According to Ryan's, this is the "original version" of The Keel-Row Reel (p47)|
|Welcome Here Again||24||3||NG: Duncan Davidson (K2v1p17)|
|Whiddon's Favourite||25||3||DM: W.H. Whiddon was a fiddler whose name appears as the source of several tunes in Ryan's.|
|Winnie Green's Favorite||50||25||DM: See notes for The Grand Spy.|
|Who Made Your Breeches||50||25||CM/PW: Limerick Lasses (parts 1 and 2) [Ryan p34|
|Winnie Green's Favourite||50||25||CM/PW: The Graf Spee|
|Yellow Haired Laddie||63||36||NG: see Parnell's|
|Yorkshire Bite||65||38||CM/PW: Miss Drummond of Perth [K2v1p6];
The Titanic Highland (in Donegal).
DM: See notes for Mountain.
|You Bet||43||20||DM: Part of Off to California.|