Eviction (The)

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X:1 T:The Eviction B:Ryan's Mammoth Collection, p. 104 R:jig M:6/8 L:1/8 K:G d|:eAA BAA|eAA ABd|eAA B2 A|BGG GBd| eAA BAA|eAA ABd|e/f/ed B2 A|1BGG GBd:|2BGG G3|| |:gfg efg|fag fed|gfg efg|afd d3| e3 efg|fag fed|e/f/ed B2 A|1BGG GBd:|2BGG G3||

EVICTION, THE. AKA and see "Harry's Loch," "Kilfenora Lass," "Maids of Tramore, "New Glenath (The)." Irish, Jig (6/8 time). A Dorian/G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune begins in A dorian but resolves to G major at the end of the first strain and stays in major for the 2nd strain. Canon James Goodman's "New Glenath (The)" is a cognate tune. Some melodic material is shared with the jig "Scatter the Mud (2)." The title could not help but evoke in the 1880's the memory of evictions of tenant farmers in Ireland as a result of the potato blight of the mid-1840's and the resulting period of poverty and famine.

A one-volume tune collection compiled by fiddler Ted Furey has a note that "Kilfenora Lass" (an alternate title) was composed in County Wexford by one P.J. O'Leary around the year 1800. Furey thought O'Leary was a piper.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 73. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, c. 1883; p. 104.

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