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COPPERPLATE [1], THE. AKA and see "Cabar Féidh," "Copper Plate," "Lord Wellington (3)," "New Copperplate (The)," "Wellington's Reel (3)." Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Mitchell, Mulvihill): AABB (Allan's): AA'BB' (Flaherty, Mallinson, Taylor, Tubridy). The title "Copperplate" is a corruption of the Scots Gaelic title "Caber Feidh/Feigh," sometimes rendered "Caper Fey", meaning 'deer's antlers'. There is a tune called "Old Copperplate (The)" that is not musically related, although the two 'Copperplates' are sometimes paired as a medley. "The Copperplate" was one of the first tunes recorded by the Ballinakill Céilí Band (East Galway) for Parlophone of London in July 1930 (the band's founding members were Anna Rafferty, Stephen Maloney, Tommy Whelan, Tommy Whyte, Jerry Maloney).

Sources for notated versions: fiddler Fred Finn {1919-1986} (Kiltycreen Kilavil, County Sligo) [Flaherty]; piper Willie Clancy (1918-1973, Miltown Malbay, west Clare) [Mitchell]; Liam Greenall (Liverpool, England) [Mulvihill]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources: Crowley (How to Play the Uillean Pipes), 1938, p. 24. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 74. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), No. 50, p. 16. Lyth (Bowing Styles in Irish Fiddle Music), 1981; 22. Mallinson (100 Enduring), 1995; No. 2, p. 1 ("New Copperplate"). McDermott (Allan's Irish Fiddler), c. 1920's; No. 55, p. 14. Mitchell (Dance Music of Willie Clancy), 1993; No. 65, p. 68. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 196, p. 53. Taylor (Crossroads Dance), 1992; No. 41, p. 29 ("New Copperplate"). Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, Book Two), 1999; p. 20.

Recorded sources: MKM7590, Mike McHale - "The Schoolmaster's House" (2000). Shaskeen - "Shaskeen Live."

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]




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