Cuckoo (1) (The)

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CUCKOO [1], THE. AKA and see "Murray's Fancy (1)," "Dublin Hornpipe (2) (The)," "Gigue Canadienne (1)." Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Flaherty, Miller & Perron): AABB' (Mulvihill). This hornpipe is dissimilar to the "Cuckoo Hornpipe" in Christeson (USA) but is related to the "Cuckoo's Nest" family of tunes. Renowned Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman recorded the tune in New York in 1921 for the Vocalion label, under the title "Murray's Fancy (1)." 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). See also Montreal fiddler (and Coleman contemporary) Joseph Allard's (1873-1946) "Gigue Canadienne (1)" and "Canadian Jig", which shares the same second strain with "Cuckoo (1) (The)."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - flute, tin whistle and drum player Noel Tansey (b. 1940, Cuilmore, Co. Sligo) [Flaherty]; flute player Séamus Tansey (County Sligo) [Miller & Perron]; accordion player Joe Burke [Taylor/Tweed].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 307 (appears as untitled hornpipe). Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 95. Jordan (Whistle and Sing), 1975; 71. McDermott (Allan's Irish Fiddler), c. 1920's; No. 92, p. 23. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 1977; vol. 3, No. 15. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 2nd Edition, 2006; p. 115. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 12, p. 91 (appears as "The Dublin or Cuckoo Hornpipe"). O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 203. Taylor (Traditional Irish Music: Karen Tweed's Irish Choice), 1994; p. 40.

Recorded sources: -Columbia IDB 499 (78 RPM), Paddy O'Brien (1953). Outlet OLP 1007 - "The Best of Séamus Tansey" (1971). James Keane - "Roll Away the Reel World." Shanachie 34012, Liz Carroll & Tommy Maguire - "Kiss Me Kate." Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40481, Brian Conway - "First Through the Gate" (2002).

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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