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DAIRYMAID [4], THE (Bean an Bhainne). AKA and see "Kiss the Bride in the Bed," "Kiss the Maid in Bed," "Maids of Tipperary (The)," "Milkmaid (3) (The)," "Shuffle the Cards," "Tom the Fisherman." Irish, Reel. D Mixolydian (Breathnach): D Major (Moylan, Sullivan). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (most versions): AA'BB' (Harker/Rafferty). The tune was recorded in 1926 in New York by County Sligo fiddler James "The Professor" Morrison, as part of a three-tune medley (including "Flax in Bloom (The)" and "Millstone (The)"). See also the related "Billy Brocker."

Source for notated version: fiddler Tommy Peoples (Donegal, Ireland) [Breathnach]; recorded in Ballydesmond, February, 1973, from the playing of accordion player Johnny O'Leary (Sliabh Luachra) who associates the tune with box-player John Brosnan [Moylan]; Planxty [Sullivan]; fiddler Sean McGuire [Bulmer & Sharpley]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 191, p. 86. Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland), vol. 3, No. 38. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 111, p. 34. Moylan (Johnny O'Leary), 1994; No. 21, p. 13. Sullivan (Session Tunes), vol. 3; No. 54, p. 22.

Recorded sources: Copely Records 9-116 (78 RPM), Paddy Cronin (195?). Folktrax FTX-375, The Belfast Fiddlers - "The Mason's Apron." MKM 7590, Mike McHale - "The Schoolmaster's House" (2000. Learned from Pat Lavin). Shanachie 29003, Tommy Peoples - "The High Part of the Road" (1979). Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40481, Brian Conway - "First Through the Gate" (2002).

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [3]

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