Annotation:Boil the Kettle Early (4)

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X:1 T:Boil the Kettle Early [4] M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:P.D. Reidy music manuscript collection, London, 1890’s (No. 8) N:”Professor” Patrick Reidy of Castleisland was a dancing N:master engaged by the Gaelic League in London to teach N:dance classes. He introduced “Siege of Ennis” and “Walls N:of Limerick” ceili dances and wrote a treatise on dancing. F: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G GABG AGFD|GABG c2 (BA)|GABG AcBA|GEED c2 (BA)| GABG AGFD|GABG c2 (BA)|GABG AcBA|GEED c2 (BA)|| dAAG FAAA|dAAA g2 (fe)|dAAG FGAF|GEED c2 (Bc)| dAAG (FA) A2|dAAA d2 (ef)|gefd ecdA|GEED c2 (BA)||

BOIL THE KETTLE EARLY [4]. Irish, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The reel is contained in the mid-19th century music manuscript of Sliabh Luachra musician D. Curtin (No. 34, p. 13 [1]). It can also be found in the c. 1890's music manuscript collection of London dancing master Patrick D. Reidy, originally from Castleisland, County Kerry. Reidy was employed to demonstrate and teach Irish dancing at Gaelic League events in London prior to and after the turn of the 20th century, and is credited with introducing the country dances Walls of Limerick and Siege of Ennis into the repertory. He was a correspondent with Capt. Francis O'Neill in Chicago, and sent him one of his music copybooks in which this melody is entered. The first strain of the tune has a melodic contour similar to the "Boil the Kettle Early (3)" tune family, but on the whole differs enough to warrant a separate category, also, the second strains are dissimilar.

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