Boys of the Twenty-Five (2)

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X:1 T:Boys of Twenty Five [2], The M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B:Stephen Grier music manuscript collection (Book 2, c. 1883, No. 133, pp. 28-29) B: http://grier.itma.ie/book-two#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=27&z=107.8149%2C2130.5872%2C2583.5148%2C1234.6572 N:Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894) was a piper and fiddler from N:Newpark, Bohey, Gortletteragh, south Co. Leitrim. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Ador EAAc BAAc|BGBd g2 fg|eAAc BABe|ef/g/ dc BGdG| EAAc BAAc|BGBd g2 ga|bgag egfa|gede BA A2|| bggb agef|gfge dega|bgag bgag|eaag ea a2| bggb agef|gfge dega|bgag egfa|gede BA AG||



BOYS OF TWENTY FIVE [2]. AKA and see "Killaghbeg House," "Ah Surely (1)," "Rose in the Garden (3)," "Windy Gap (1)," "Bonfire (2) (The)." Irish, Reel. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was entered into the c. 1883 music manuscript collection of Gortletteragh, Co. Leitrim, fiddler Stephen Grier under the title "Boys of Twenty-Five," which precludes the title referencing an event in the 20th century (although 1725 or 1825 are possible). There is also a card game in Ireland called Twenty-Five, which involves the taking of tricks. It was said at one time to be a favorite pastime in the winter, when there was relatively less work to be done on the farm, and that games could take some time to complete.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - obtained by fiddler Séan McGuire from his father Jack (County Cavan), a piccolo, flute and tin whistle player [McGuire & Keegan].

Printed sources : - McGuire & Keegan (Irish Tune by the 100, vol. 1), 1975; No. 57, p. 15.

Recorded sources: -



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