Drunken Parson (The)

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DRUNKEN PARSON, THE. AKA and see "Repley's Delight," "Sheela Ó Gara (1)," "Shilanagary." Scottish, Irish, English, American; Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). England, Shropshire. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Kerr): AABB (Ashman). "The Drunken Parson" melody has a long history in Ireland as Sheela Ó Gara (1) <div class="mw-ext-score" data-midi="/w/images/lilypond/f/g/fgspeu2jmwkq819krmhp8i2kcqn4qbz/fgspeu2j.midi"><img src="/w/images/lilypond/f/g/fgspeu2jmwkq819krmhp8i2kcqn4qbz/fgspeu2j.png" width="553" height="57" alt=" X:1 M:3/4 L:1/8 K:G BA | G2B2B2 | B2d2d2 | c2d2B2 | B2d3c | B2G2G2 | B2d2 (3cAG | "/></div> (Síle ní Ghadra), an air and jig tune that was first published in the middle of the 18th century in Burke Thumoth's 12 Scottish and 12 Irish Airs. Another early printing of the tune is as "Repley's Delight or The Drunken Parson" printed in David Rutherford's Compleat Collection of Favorite Country Dances, vol. 1 (1756). The melody was found by the author of English Folk-Song and Dance (p. 144) to have been in the repertoire of fiddler William Tilbury (who lived at Pitch Place, midway between Churt and Thursley, in Surrey), who, in his younger days, used to play at village dances. Tilbury learned his repertoire from an uncle, Fiddler Hammond, who died around 1870 and who was the village fiddler before him. The conclusion was that "The Drunken Parson" and tunes of similar type survived in the tradition (at least in southwest Surrey) well into the second half of the 19th century. In America the tune was printed in Riley's Flute Melodies in New Yok 1814 and in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (Boston, 1883).


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - a c. 1837-1840 MS by Shropshire musician John Moore [Ashman].

Printed sources : - Adam (Old Time Fiddlers Favorite Barn Dance Tunes), 1928 (in the key of G). Ashman (The Ironbridge Hornpipe), 1991; No. 83b, p. 34. Kerr (Merry Melodies vol. 1), c. 1880; No. 15, p. 29.

Recorded sources : - McNamara Family - "Leitrim's Hidden Treasures."

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]



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