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RANTING WIDOW, THE (Baintreach na Radaireacht). Irish, Reel. E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Breathnach (1963) finds that O’Neill prints versions of the tune under the titles “Mountain Lark (7) (The),” “Youngest Daughter (1) (The),” and “Hopetoun House.” The last tune is published in Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922, No. 320) where he notes the tune was first published by Robert Bremner in c. 1760. “Sweet Molly (4)” is O’Farrell’s title in his Pocket Companion, and the name in the mid-19th century Goodman Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, is “Cock Your Pistol Charlie (2).” Hardebeck has the melody listed as “Tap Room (The)” and “Tap House (The),” though Breathnach finds his has the wrong turn in the first setting and an incorrect ending in the second. The tune appears as an untitled reel in E Minor in Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976, No. 292. He finds a version of the CRÉ II melody printed in Rutherford’s Complete Collection of 200 Country Dances (c. 1775) as “Miss Fargherson's New Reel,” and by Goodman as “Scotch Bonnet (The)” and “Short Way to Heaven (A).” Other members of this large tune family include "In the Tap Room," "Banrion Bhealtaine," "Blossom of the New Tree (The)," "Captain Murray's Reel," "Fitzgerald's Reel," "Granshaw Glens," "Hopetoun House," "Lady's Tight Dress (The)," "Lord Edward," "Polly's Reel," "Rakes of Abbey (The)," "Roll out the Barrel," "Scotch Maggie."

Source for notated version: piper Seán Potts (1871-1956, Ireland) [Breathnach].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ I), 1963; No. 177, p. 70.

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