Burke's Jig (1)

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BURKE'S [1] AKA and see "Baby Gavin," "Charlie Mulvihill's Jig (1)," "Connie O'Connell's Jig (2)," "Coughlan's," "Gallagher's (2)," "Lad O'Beirne's Jig," "Matt Molloy's Jig," "Mulvihill's Jig," "Short Road (The)," "Silver Vale (The)." Irish, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Musicologist and fiddler Philippe Varlet suspects the tune was called by this title in the 1970's Bulmer and Sharpley collection due to its appearance on the Joe Burke/Andy McGann/Felix Dolan c. 1965 record "Funny Reel" (Shanachie CD 34016) (on which it was titled "Lad O'Beirne's"). A hand-written note in my copy Mulvihill's collection reads: "a Donegal tune from Lad O'Beirne's crowd." New York fiddler Paddy Reynolds, according to New York musician and researcher Don Meade, maintained that Philadelphia fiddler Ed Reavy brought it to New York, and Reynolds believed it was Reavy's composition. However, Don finds that the jig was recorded as "Neil Doherty's" by Donegal fiddler John Gallagher on O'Riada's "Our Musical Heritage" LP's in the 1960's. Neil Doherty was also a fiddler from County Donegal (which ties in with Mulvihill's note in the margins of his book), who is known to have visited New York to play with Lad O'Beirne, Reavy, and others, so it seems likely the jig has a Donegal provenance. According to Bill Black [Irtrad], fiddler Pete Kelly, originally from Ballymoe, County Galway, has laid claim to composing the tune which he called "Shannonaires Jig (The)," named for the Shannonaires Ceili Band, a group of Kelly's young music students in the 1960s and '70s. Kelly later played around New York with the Premier Ceili Band, which included button accordion player Martin Mulhaire. However, the Donegal provenance appears to have more traction.

Sources for notated versions: Brendan Mulvihill (Baltimore, Md.) [Mulvihill]; Joe Burke [Bulmer & Sharpley].

Printed sources: Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland), 1974, vol. 2, No. 42. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 79, p. 81.

Recorded sources: Green Linnet SIF 1058, Matt Molloy (with Artie McGlynn and Sean Keane) - "Contentment is Wealth." 'Shanachie 29012, Joe Burke, Andy McGann and Felix Dolan - "The Funny Reel." 'RTÉ FR 001/002/003, John Gallagher, as ("Neil Doherty's") - "Our Musical Heritage."

See also listings at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]

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