Butchers of Bristol (2) (The)
X:1 T:Butchers of Bristol  M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel or Hornpipe S:John Rook music manuscript collection (1840, Wigton, Cumbria, p. 99) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G GABG ABcA|d2d2 cAFA|B3A A3A|GABG GFED| GABG ABcA|d2d2 cAFA|B2 AG DGFA|G2G2 G4|| gfga g2d2|gfba g2d2|f2f2 fagf|e2c2c2 dc| B2 GB A2 FA|B2 GB|A2 FA|BcdG DGFA|G2G2 G4:|]
BUTCHERS OF BRISTOL . AKA and see "Bealltaine," "Buteown (2)," "Geary's Hornpipe," "Mountain Groves (The)," "Mullingar Races (2)," "Raven through the Bog," "Rover through the Bogs," "Taylor's Hornpipe." Irish, English; Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). A reel of unknown provenance an early version of which turns up in the large 1840 music manuscript collection of Waverton (near Wigton), Cumbria, multi-instrumentalist John Rook. It has been associated primarily with Irish repertory, however. The tune was recorded in 1930 by uilleann piper Liam Walsh (issued as "The Mountain Groves"), and separately by his student, Tommy Kearney (who called it "Butchers of Bristol") and yet again by Billy Andrews (as "The First of May"). Fracis O'Neill printed a version as "Mullingar Races (2)" in his Music of Ireland (1903), although that title usually is associated with another tune.