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BLACK SWAN. AKA and see "Comet (2) (The)," "Doctor Peter's," "Down the Glen," "Glengesh (The)," "Minnie Foster's Clog," "Mrs. Minnie Foster." Irish, Hornpipe. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was recorded several times under this title by Belfast fiddler Sean McGuire (b. 1928). It appears in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) as "Minnie Foster's Clog." The Black Swan was a not uncommon name for an inn in the British Isles.

Source for notated version: fiddler Sean McGuire [Bulmer & Sharpley].

Printed sources: Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland), 1974, vol. 2, No. 52. McGuire & Keegan (Irish Tunes by the 100, vol. 1), 1975; No. 90, p. 25.

Recorded sources: Viva W103, Sean McGuire - "Irish Jigs and Reels" (c. 1960's, a reissue of "Sean Maguire Plays," the first recording of McGuire that Josephine Keegan accompanied on piano).




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