Connaughtman's Rambles (1) (The)

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X:1 T:Connaught Man’s Rambles [1], The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:R.M. Levey – First Collection of the Dance Music of Ireland (1858, No. 29, p. 12) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amin "Quick"(G/F/)|EGG cGG|AGG cGG|EGG cde|dcB AGE| EGG cGG|AGG cde|gfe fed|ecA A2:| |:g|(ea)a (eg)g|(ea)a (ge)d|(ea)a (eg)g|e{a}g^f ged| (ea)a (eg)g|(ea)a (ge)d|c>(d/e/f/) ged|ecA A2:|]



CONNAUGHTMAN'S RAMBLES [1], THE (Triallta an Connactaig). AKA and see "Bean ag Baint Duileasc," "Come Up Ramblers," "Connaught (The)," "Duck from Drummuck (The)," "Gathering Dilisk/Gathering Duilisc," "Hag in the Hay," "Lads of the Town (The)," "Level Fair," "Mickey the Moulder." Irish, Double Jig (6/8 time). D Major ('A' part) & B Minor ('B' part) {most versions}: C Major ('A' part) & A Minor ('B' part) {Hardings}. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (most versions): AA'BB' (Taylor/Tweed). The jig is one of the most enduring and popular pieces in the Irish repertoire, and has even spread to other genres. It is, for example, one of the commonly played jigs for English rapper sword dancing (along with "Blackthorn Stick (The)" and "Ten-Penny Bit (The)"), and is a staple for contra dancing. Connaught was one of the five old provinces of Ireland (along with Ulster, Leinster, Meath, and Munster), named for the ancient tribe who lived there, the Connachta. The title appears in a list of tunes in his repertoire brought by Philip Goodman, the last professional and traditional piper in Farney, Louth, to the Feis Ceoil in Belfast in 1898 (Breathnach, 1997). County Leitrim piper and fiddler Stephen Grier entered the jig as "Connaught Man's Rambles" in Book 3 of his large c. 1883 music manuscript collection.

Another uilleann piper, County Cork Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman, entered a version of the jig into his mid-19th century music manuscript collection [1] as "Lads of the Town (The)." Dublin dentist, scholar and collector Henry Philerin Hudson (1798-1889) also entered a version of "Connaughtman's Rambles" into his c. 1841 music manuscript collection under the title "Hag in the Hay."

Captain Francis O'Neill recorded it on a wax cylinder from the playing of Chicago Irish musicians between the years 1902-1904, the oldest sound recording of the tune extent.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - accordion player Karen Tweed learned the tune from a recording by button accordion player Martin O'Connor [Taylor/Tweed].

Printed sources : - Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; p. 107. Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 73. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 57. Cranitch (Irish Fiddle Book), 1996; pp. 49 & 52. Giblin (Collection of Traditional Irish Dance Music), 1928; No. 90. Hardings All-Round Collection, 1905; No. 175, p. 55 (appears as "The Cannaught"). P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 2), 1859, No. 115, p. 53. S. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician No. 6: Jigs), 1982 (revised 1989, 2001); p. 11. Keegan (The Keegan Tunes), 2002; p. 117. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880's; No. 3, p. 36. Levey (First Collection of the Dance Music of Ireland), 1858; No. 29, p. 12. Mallinson (100 Essential), 1995; No. 80, p. 35. Miller & Perron (New England Fiddler's Repertory), 1983; No. 6. McDermott (Allan's Irish Fiddler), c. 1920's; No. 11, p. 4. James Morrison (How to Play the Globe Accordion Irish Style), 1931; No. 13, p. 21. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 27, p. 124. O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 132, pg. 76. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 52. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1003, p. 187. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 218, pg. 50. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 1), 1912; p. 47, No. 110. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 87. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1964/1981; p. 39. Taylor (Traditional Irish Music: Karen Tweed's Irish Choice), 1994; p. 4. Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, vol. 1), 1999; p. 31.

Recorded sources : - CCF2, Cape Cod Fiddlers - "Concert Collection II" (1999). Folkways FG 3531, Jean Carignan- "Old Time Fiddle Tunes" (1968). Folkways FD 6530, Old Grey Goose - "Maine Country Dance Music and Song" (1980). Gael-Linn CEF 068, Maurice Lennon- "An Fhidil." Green Linnet SIF-104, Matt Molloy - "The Celts Rise Again" (1990). Green Linnet SIF-3041, Matt Molloy - "Stony Steps" (1989). Mulligan LUN 017, "Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, and Tommy Peoples." Shanachie 33001ll, Tom Ennis- "The Wheels of the World." Joe Burke (et al) - "The Big Squeeze." Martin O'Connor - "The Connaughtman's Rambles."

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [2]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [3]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [4].
Hear West Virginia old-time fiddler Franklin George's (1928-2017) version (as "Come Up Ramblers") at Berea Sound Archives [5]



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