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BLACKTHORN STICK [4], THE. AKA and see "Blackthorn (The)," "Irishman's Blackthorn Stick (The)," "Clear the Road," "Countess of Louden's Reel," "Inch of Garth" "Jack McGuire," "Jolly Clam-diggers (1) (The)," "Jolly Clareman (The)," "Old Blackthorn (The)," "Rising Sun (2) (The)," "Rising of the Sun" (Eiri na Greine). Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B (Mulvihill): AA'BB' (O'Malley). Recordings by Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman and Galway accordion player Joe Cooley helped to popularize this tune. An early recording of the melody was made by the Flanagan Brothers on 78 RPM. See also Mike MacDougall's Cape Breton strathspey setting, "Blackthorn Strathspey (The)."

Sources for notated versions: Gus Collins (Bronx, NY) [Mulvihill]; New York fiddler and accordion player John McGrath (1900–1955, originally from County Mayo), via his student Tommy Ryan [O'Malley].

Printed sources: Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 210, p. 57. O'Malley (Luke O'Malley's Collection of Irish Music), 1976; No. 30, p. 15.

Recorded sources: Gael-Linn CEF 044, Joe Cooley – "Cooley." Gael-Linn CEF 161, "Michael Coleman 1891–1945." Green Linnet SIF 1010, "Mick Moloney & Eugene O'Donnell." Intrepid Records, Michael Coleman – "The Heyday of Michael Coleman" (1973). Shanachie 78030, Danú – "Think Before You Think" (2000). Shanachie 79083, Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan – "Whirlwind" (1995. A version handed down from the piping of Wexford/Liberties piper John Potts {1871–1956} through piper Tommy Reck).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's [1]

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