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DUSTY MILLER{'S} [7], THE ("An Muilleoir faoi Dheannach" or "An Muilleoir Luaitreac"). AKA and see "Benny's Jig" (Eng.). Irish, Slip Jig. G Major (Breathnach, Cole, McNulty, O'Neill): D Major (Heymann). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Breathnach, Heymann, O'Neill/1001): AABB (O'Neill/1850). A slip jig setting of Dusty Miller (5). The alternate title, "Benny's Jig," is a corruption of "Binny's Jig."

Source for notated version: fiddler Denis Murphy (Gneeveguilla, Co. Kerry, Ireland) [Breathnach/CRÉ II]; from the playing of piper, broadcaster and music collector Séamus Ennis (Dublin), who learned the tune from his father, a piper taught by Nicholas Markey who in turn had been taught by the renowned piper and pipemaker Billy Taylor of Drogheda and later Philadelphia [Breathnach/Ceol]. Jackie Small (1999), editor of CRÉ V, notes another connection of the tune with Ennis: "This tune was among the hundreds of pieces that Ennis collected from Colm Ó Caoidheain, from Glinsk, Connemara."

Printed sources: Breathnach, Ceol: A Journal of Irish Music, vol. 5, no. 2, 1982; p. 54. Breathnach (The Man and His Music), 1997; No. 6, p. 73. Breathnach (CRÉ 2), 1976; No. 102, p. 54. Breathanch (CRÉ 5), 1999; No. 62, p. 32. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 66. Heymann (Off the Record), 1990; pp. 5–6. McNulty (Dance Music of Ireland), 1965; p. 27. O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 224, p. 120. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 455, p. 88. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 87.

Recorded sources: Green Linnet SIF-1109, Altan – "The Red Crow" (1990. Learned from Ciaran Tourish of Buncrana, County Donegal). Mulligan LUNCD 052, Tommy Keane – "The Piper's Apron." RTÉ TRECD 199, Séamus Ennis – "The Return from Fingal" (1997. Archive recordings). Temple Records 013, Ann Heymann & Alison Kinnaird – "Harper's Land" (1983). TOCD 2002, Eilish O'Connor – "Sugrú."

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index [1].
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2].




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