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COTTAGE IN THE GROVE [1], THE. AKA and see "McGovern's Favourite," "Maurice Casey's Fancy," "Mike Flynn's," "Village in the Grove (The)," "Conneberry Reel." Irish, Reel (whole time). A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. See also the similar-sounding "Coen's Memories" to which the title "Cottage in the Grove" is sometimes applied (referring to fiddler Tommy Coen). "Copied from a Munster MS. lent me by the late John O'Daly, the Irish publisher of Anglesea St., Dublin" (Joyce). O'Daly's manuscript is the same source for the tune entered into vol. 2 (p. 150) of the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman.

The reel was collected in the Slieve Gullion region of south County Armagh by the Rev. Luke Donnellan, a rector at Dromintee, who published a collection of over 100 tunes, mostly reels, in 1909 in The Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society (vol. II, No. 2). Donnellan was enthusiastic about P.W. Joyce's then recently published Old Irish Music and Songs (1909), but found Irish music rather rare in his area.

The old people of Dromintee will tell you of the number and the skill of musicians who used to come to [nearby] Forkhill fair. I was told there used to be as many as thirty playing at it. They display an extensive knowledge of the names of songs and dance tunes, but cannot sing them. The reel known as “The Black Haired Lass” No. 66 inf., seems to have been a great favourite with everyone. These facts point to a vanishing and disappearing musical culture.

Forkhill Fair, held on Michaelmas Day (Sept. 29th) was once the great horse and cattle fair, and festival of the area (St. Michael is the patron saint of horsemen).

Source for notated version: the Rice-Walsh manuscript, a collection of music from the repertoire of Jeremiah Breen, a blind fiddler from North Kerry, notated by his student [O'Neill].

Printed sources: Donnellan (Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society, vol. II, No. 2), 1909; No. 31. Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 188, p. 93. O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 289. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 3), 1927; p. 22, No. 71.

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