Drunken Landlady (The)
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DRUNKEN LANDLADY, THE. AKA and see "Pretty Girls of Gorey (The)." Irish, Reel. E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Many have pointed out the similarity of this tune with the perhaps better known "Pigeon on the Gate," which sometimes makes for confusion in sessions. Seamus Ennis is often cited as the source for this tune, and, according to piper Néillidh Mulligan, Ennis collected the tune as an untitled piece in Inishnee, Connemara, in the 1940's, but subsequently heard the title "The Drunken Landlady" from musicians in County Cavan. However, it was not until the 1970's that "The Drunken Landlady" was recorded commercially, and it does not appear in printed collections until the next decade after. Breandan Breathnach included the tune "The Drunken Landlady" (in A Dorian) is his Man and His Music article on Seamus Ennis, from 1982.
A similar tune called "Drunken Tailor (The)" was recorded by accordionist Michael Grogan and fiddler John Howard in 1946. Fr. John Quinn finds a cognate melody in "Pretty Girls of Gorey (The)," from James Goodman's mid-19th century music manuscript collection.