First House in Connaught (The)
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FIRST HOUSE IN/OF CONNAUGHT, THE. Irish, Reel. Ireland, Counties Roscommon, Kilkenny. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Flaherty): AABB (Allan's, Darley & McCall): AA'BB' (Harker/Rafferty). See also the related "Downing's Reel," "Timothy Downing," "Mama's Pet (1)," "Peata Mamaí}." The tune is favored by uilleann pipers.
Source for notated version: a MS of Mr. James Corrigan (Clara, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland) [Darley & McCall]; piper and flute player Charlie Lavin (b. 1940, Cloonshanville, near Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon) [Flaherty]; set dance music recorded live at Na Píobairí Uilleann, mid-1980's [Taylor]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker]; Sean O’Gorman, fiddler, “was taught by Lynch, a County Clare man, a teacher of dancing and fiddling in Co. Galway" [Hardebeck].
Printed sources: Darley & McCall (Feis Ceol Collection of Traditional Irish Music), 1914; No. 43, p. 18. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 152. Hardebeck (A Collection of Jigs and Reels vol. 2), Dublin, 1921; p. 3. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 31, p. 10. McDermott (Allan's Irish Fiddler), c. 1920's; No. 38, p. 9. Taylor (Music for the Sets: Yellow Book), 1995; p. 23.
Recorded sources: Philo 1051, Boys of the Lough - "Good Friends, Good Music" (1977). Wild Asparagus WA 003, Wild Asparagus - "Tone Roads" (1990). Topic TSCD 602, Moate Ceilidhe Band - "Irish Dance Music" (1995. A reissue of the 1945 original).