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X:1 T:Cummillum an Irish tune M:9/8 L:1/8 R:Slip Jig S:John Sutherland music manuscript collection, c. 1785, No. 136 N:Sutherland was a pastoral pipe player from Aberdeenshire Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G dcB BcB BcB|dcB BcB c2A|dcB BGB BGB|AcA A2B c2A:| |:(4G/A/B/c/ d2B d2B|(4G/A/B/c/ d2B ecA|(4G/A/B/c/ d2B d2B|AcA A2B c2A:| |:G/A/B/c/d/e/f/ gdB gdB|G/A/B/c/d/e/f/ gdB ecA|G/A/B/c/d/e/f/ gdB gdB|AcA A2B c2A:||

CUMMILUM. AKA - "Commolum," "Cumilum." AKA and see "bh-fuilleann tú ad chodladh aro Mháire," "Cammolan," "Cudgel (The)," "Riding a Mile (1)," "Drops of Brandy (1)," "Fairest Put on Awhile," "I Don't Care," "Irishman's Cudgel (The)," "Is Cuma Liom," "Lummdon," "New Drops of Brandy," "Paddy was up to the Gauger," "Virgin Queen." Irish, Scottish, Jig (Slip Jig). A Major (Kerr): D Major (Mulhollan, O'Farrell). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Hudson): AABB (Kerr): AABBCC (Mulhollan): AABBCCDDEEFF (O'Farrell). The title is an Englished version of the Gaelic "Is Cuma Liom." The tune, as "Cummilum," appears in Samuel Lee's Jackson's Celebrated Irish Tunes (p. 1), first published in Dublin c. 1775, republished in 1790. It is attributed to the renowned 18th century gentleman composer biography:Walker 'Piper' Jackson, of the townland of Lisduan, parish of Ballingarry, Aughrim, County Limerick. The melody predates Jackson by quite a while, but Alfred Moffat (Minstrelsy of Ireland, 1897) believes Jackson may have given it the Irish name "Cummilum." Breathnach (1996) states that, along with "Mad Moll (1)," "Drops of Brandy (1)," "Yellow Stockings" and others it belongs to a cycle of tunes originating in the 17th century or earlier, and appears in Playford's Dancing Master as "Mad Moll (1)." R.D. Cannon, in his article "English Bagpipe Music" (Folk Music Journal, 1972) suggests the progenitor of the very large tune family is the Scots "Up with Aley." Other variants include "Drops of Whiskey," "Faraway Wedding (The)," "Jerry Houlihan," "Follow Her over the Border," "Honeymoon (The)," "Kitten (The)," "Hey My Nanny/Hey My Nancy," "Brose and Butter," "Cudgel (The)," and "Dusty Miller (The)." See also Northumbrian piper John Peackock's c. 1805 "New Drops of Brandy" and Carl Hardebeck's "Hoppity Hoppity." Thomas Moore employed the melody for his song "Fairest Put up Awhile." The name "Hey My Kitten" for the tune comes from Dean Swift's nursery song. Piper O'Farrell's setting was entered into the mid-19th century music manuscript copybook of County Cork uilleann piper and Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman [1], along with another version of the slip jig under the title "bh-fuilleann tú ad chodladh aro Mháire" [2].

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Campbell (10th Book of New and Favorite Country Dances), 1795; p. 22 (as "Cammolan"). Holden (Collection of Old Established Irish Slow & Quick Tunes), 1805; p. 10. Henry Philerin Hudson (Collection of Irish Music, vol. 1), c. 1840-50; No. 50. Huntington (William Litten's Fiddle Tunes), 1977, p. 31. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880's; No. 234, p. 26. Mulhollan (Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1804; p. 36. O'Farrell (National Irish Music for the Union Pipes), 1804; p. 42. Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 147, p. 57 (as "Commolum", ms. originally dated 1850).

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