Fitzmaurice's Flight

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X:1 T:Fitzmaurice's Flight M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:This was transcribed by Conor Ward (b. 1984) of Annaduff, Co. Leitrim N:of a 78 recording made by Packie Dolan (1904-32) of Ballinamuck, N:Co. Longford in New York in the late 1920's K:G d2|DGBG DGBG|D=FAF CFAF|DGBG DGBG|BdcB AGFE| DGBG DGBG|D=FAF CFAF|DGBG DGBG|BdcA BGGf|| gagf gbag|fede fgaf|g2 (3agf gbag|fdcA BGGf| gagf gbag|fede fgaf|gbag fagf|edcB AGFE||

FITZMAURICE'S FLIGHT. AKA and see "Heather Breeze (1)." Irish, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Packie Dolan's Melody Boys recorded this tune entitled "Fitzmaurice's Flight" on May 3rd, 1928, in New York's Liederkranz Hall for Victor Records. The musicians included Michael Gray on tin-whistle, the Longford fiddler, Packie Dolan (1904-1932, originally from Ballinamuck, Co. Longford), and an unknown person on the bones.

Herman Kohl (left), Baron Guenther von Hunefeld (right), and Irishman Captain James Fitzmaurice.

"Fitzmaurice's Flight" is one of several tunes that commemorated Irish aviator James Fitzmaurice (1898-1965), a member of the three-man crew of the Bremen, which made the first successful trans-Atlantic aircraft flight from East to West on 12–13 April 1928. The United States Congress authorized President Calvin Coolidge to award the three the Distinguished Flying Cross, and they were bestowed the Freedom of the City of Dublin.

Packie Dolan
See note for "Heather Breeze (1)" for more. See also Stephen Grier's related but untitled "Reel (101)."

Additional notes

Recorded sources : - Victor 21442 (78 RPM), Dolan's Melody Boys (1928).

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