Annotation:Cuz Teahan's Delight

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X:68 T:Cuz Teahan's Delight M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Polka B:Deloughery - Sliabh Luachra on Parade (1980, No. 68) N:From the playing of Terry Teahan Z:Patrick Cavanagh K:A B|ce/c/ BA | FA AB | ce/c/ BA | B/c/d e2 | ce/c/ BA | FA AB | c2 ec | BA [1]A:| |:[2]A2||:af ec | ec BA | af ec | B/c/d e2 | af ec | ec BA | c2 ec | BA A2:||

CUZ TEAHAN'S DELIGHT. AKA – "Cousin's Delight," "Terry "Cuz" Teahan's Polka (2)." Irish, Polka (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The story goes that Terry Teahan (1905-1989, originally from Glountane, south County Kerry) earned the moniker 'Cuz' when he worked for the Chicago fire department. When he would meet a likely Irish musician who was jobless, he would direct him to the firehouse with instructions to inform the powers that be he was Terry's cousin and was here for the job. The composition is sometimes attributed to Teahan, but his name does not appear with the tune in Paul Deloughery's 1980 book of tunes from Teahan's repertory (although there are numerous others recording Teahan as the composer). The title "Cuz's Delight" or "Cuz Teahan's Delight" comes from Sliabh Luachra accordion player Denis Doody, who learned the tune from Teahan on one of his visits home. Teahan himself called the tune after another Sliabh Luachra musician, Anne Sheehy McAuliffe, from whom he possibly may have had the tune (if he did not compose it himself)[1].

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Printed sources : - Deloughery (Sliabh Luachra on Parade), 1980; No. 68, p. 39. Mac Amhlaoibh & Durham (An Pota Stóir: Ceol Seite Corca Duibne/The Set Dance Music of West Kerry), n.d.; No. 52, p. 33. Mallinson (100 Irish Polkas), 1997; No. 70, p. 27 (appears as "Cousins' Delight").

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  1. Rushymountain, "The Music of Sliabh Luachra" site [1].