Blackberry Blossom (1)
X:1 T:Blackberry Blossom , The M:C L:1/8 R:Reel S:James Goodman (1828─1896) music manuscript collection, S:vol. 3, p. 111. Mid-19th century, County Cork Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G ge|(dB).B.B BAGA|BABc B2 (ge)|(dB).B.B BAGA|eaab a2 ge:| g2 ga|baaf|g2 ga b2 ge|g2 ga bgaf|eaab a2 ge| g2 ga bgaf|g2 ga b2 ge|(bg)af gfed|eaab a2 ge!D.C.!||
BLACKBERRY BLOSSOM/BLOSSUM  (Blat na smeur). AKA and see "Maud Millar (2)/Maude Millar (2)," "Strawberry Beds (1) (The)," "Strawberry Blossom (3)." Irish (originally), Canadian, American; Reel. USA, southwestern Pa. Canada, Prince Edward Island. G Major (Harding, Kennedy, Kerr, O'Neill, Perlman, Sullivan): E Flat Major (Stanford/Petrie). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Miller, Perlman, Stanford/Petrie, Sullivan): AAB (Hardings, Kennedy, Kerr, O'Neill): AA'B (Prior). "Magic Slipper (1) (The)" is a very similar tune. The melody is familiar to Irish tradition, from at least the year 1850, if not earlier, according to Samuel Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle, 1981). He probably was unaware of the mid-19th century music manuscripts of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman that contain "Blackberry Blossom " (vol. 3, p. 111), which provides strong support for his contention. The title "Blackberry Blossom" appears in a list of tunes in his repertoire brought by Philip Goodman, the last professional and traditional piper in Farney, Louth, to the Feis Ceoil in Belfast in 1898 (Breathnach, 1997).
The reel was recorded in the 78 RPM era in New York by County Sligo fiddler James Morrison, and it can be heard in Brooklyn accordion player John J. Kimmel's "Stack of Barley Medley" (1916).