Drunken Tailor (1) (The)

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DRUNKEN TAILOR, THE. AKA and see "Drinking Reel (The)," "Lagan Slashers (1)," "League and Slasher (1)." Scottish, Hornpipe; Irish, Reel. E Dorian. Standard tuning. ABB' (Kerr): ABCD (Mulvihill). The tune was recorded in Dublin by accordionist Michael Grogan (c. 1880's-1959) and Dublin fiddler John Howard in 1946 on a 78 RPM for the Regal Zonophone label. Reg Hall (1995) says Grogan, originally from Winetown, The Downs, near Mullingar, County Westmeath, was a pioneer of the two-row button accordion, lived in Dublin, and recorded and performed on radio from the late 1920's well into the 1940's. The tune was collected as "Drinking Reel (The)" by the Rev. Luke Donnellan in South County Armagh in the first years of the 20th century. See also "Drunken Landlady (The)" for a similar tune.

Source for notated version: Liam Donnelly [Mulvihill].

Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 331, p. 36. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 160, p. 44.

Recorded sources: Topic TSCD 602, Michael J. Grogan - "Irish Dance Music" (1995. A reissue of the 1946 original).

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