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X:1 T:Comely Jane Downing M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:O'Neill - Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 692 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G G2 BG BddB|c2 ec ef g2|G2 BG Bddg|edcB ABcA| G2 BG BddB|cBcd efga|bgaf gfeg|edcB A2G2|| g2 bg agfd|edef gdBd|g2 bg agfd|edef g2 ga| bagf gfed|edef gdBd|cBcd efge|dBGB A2G2||

COMELY JANE DOWNING ("Sineid Alain Ni Dounaig" or "Sineid Datamail m Duibnaig"). AKA and see "Larry Bourn," "Lord Seymour's Reel," "Lord Summer's Reel," "Seymour's Fancy," "Squeeze Me Softly," "Tady's Wattle," "Tory Burn Lasses," "Torry Burn Lasses." Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. 'Comely' Jane Downing was the daughter of the neighboring farmer of the O'Neill homestead at Trailibane, County Cork. Her father was Francis O'Neill's flute instructor. See "Miss Downing's Fancy" for another tune named in her honor. R.M. Levey's hornpipe "Tady's Wattle"<div class="mw-ext-score" data-midi="/w/images/lilypond/l/5/l5e46cba6r7y45p19wea5ehxxnjlthe/l5e46cba.midi"><img src="/w/images/lilypond/l/5/l5e46cba6r7y45p19wea5ehxxnjlthe/l5e46cba.png" width="632" height="78" alt=" X:1 %%titleleft 1 T:Thady’s Wattle M:C L:1/8 K:G G2 BG BddB|{d}cBcd ef g2|G2 BG Bdgd|ecBc A2G2:|"/></div> is a related tune and perhaps a precursor, however, the ultimate source for the tune is a volume of English country dances, Preston's Twenty Four Dances for the Year 1793, where an almost exact version was printed as "Seymour's Fancy"<div class="mw-ext-score" data-midi="/w/images/lilypond/o/l/olle1o2770v08vwh3t31tveu6eq0nqn/olle1o27.midi"><img src="/w/images/lilypond/o/l/olle1o2770v08vwh3t31tveu6eq0nqn/olle1o27.png" width="611" height="78" alt=" X:1 %%titleleft 1 T:Seymour's Fancy M:C L:1/8 K:G G2 BG Bdd2|c2 ec eg g2|g2 BG Bddg|edcB A2G2:||"/></div> . There is no source attribution for the tune in O'Neill's Music of Ireland (1903), and it is not known where O'Neill might have learned it. County Leitrim fiddler and piper Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894) entered the reel as "Lord Seymour's Reel"<div class="mw-ext-score" data-midi="/w/images/lilypond/g/h/ghn88w2whii8owqdmzbsnntd1kt4ak7/ghn88w2w.midi"><img src="/w/images/lilypond/g/h/ghn88w2whii8owqdmzbsnntd1kt4ak7/ghn88w2w.png" width="697" height="81" alt=" X:1 %%titleleft 1 T:Lord Seymour’s Reel M:C L:1/8 K:G G2 BG Bc/d/ dB|c2 ed ef g2|GFGc Bcdg|1 ecAF GFED:|2 ecAF G4|| "/></div> in Book 2 of his c. 1883 music manuscript collection. See also the North West England version "Haul Away the Hawser (2)"<div class="mw-ext-score" data-midi="/w/images/lilypond/s/8/s805a9dsdqww0v6q6r9jpn8fa4bm8ju/s805a9ds.midi"><img src="/w/images/lilypond/s/8/s805a9dsdqww0v6q6r9jpn8fa4bm8ju/s805a9ds.png" width="650" height="79" alt=" X:1 %%titleleft 1 T:Haul away the Hawser M:4/4 L:1/8 K:G D|\ G2BG BddB| c2ec egg2| G2BG Bddg| edcB A2G:|"/></div> and Petrie's "Goroum (The)"<div class="mw-ext-score" data-midi="/w/images/lilypond/i/a/iawf642tlmyoejkzgsz40jeqk25j231/iawf642t.midi"><img src="/w/images/lilypond/i/a/iawf642tlmyoejkzgsz40jeqk25j231/iawf642t.png" width="612" height="77" alt=" X:1 %%titleleft 1 T:Goroum, The M:C L:1/8 K:G G2 BG Bd d2|c2 ec eg g2|G2 BG Bd dg|ecBc A2G2:|| "/></div>. See also a related first strain in the "Western Gem"<div class="mw-ext-score" data-midi="/w/images/lilypond/h/e/healliaeri8qu20am2t15exbb4wb0yx/healliae.midi"><img src="/w/images/lilypond/h/e/healliaeri8qu20am2t15exbb4wb0yx/healliae.png" width="697" height="78" alt=" X:1 %%titleleft 1 T:Western Gem M:2/4 L:1/8 K:A (3E/F/G/ | A/c/B/A/ A/c/e/c/ | d/e/f/g/ a/f/e/c/ | .A(c/B/) A/c/e/c/ | B/c/B/A/ G/E/F/G/ | "/></div> family of tunes.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 143. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1461, p. 271. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 692, p. 122.

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