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GILLAN'S APPLES [1] "Apples in Winter (2), "Gillian's Apples," "Humors of Dingle (1) (The)." Irish, Double Jig. D Major ('A' and 'C' parts) & A Mixolydian ('B' and 'D' parts) {Breathnach}. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB' (Breathnach, Mallinson, Tubridy): AABBCCDD (Mulvihill). The jig was renamed by Francis O'Neill (1903) in honor of his source, County Longford piper John Gillan, "to avoid confusion" as the title on Gillan's original manuscript was "Apples in Winter" and O'Neill already had a tune by that name (Irish Folk Music, p. 93). Uilleann piper O'Farrell earlier printed a nearly identical version as "Apples in Winter (2) (The)" in the first years of the 19th century in his Collection of National Irish Music for the Union Pipes (Dublin, 1804), . The tune is often called "Gillian's Apples," a mis-hearing of the name Gillan. "Humors of Dingle (1) (The)" is a closely related tune.

Source for notated version: from the manuscript collection of retired businessman and Irish music enthusiast John Gillan, collected from musicians in his home county of Longford and the adjoining Leitrim [O'Neill]; fiddler Patrick Kelly, 1966 (Cree, Co. Clare, Ireland) [Breathnach]; Brendan Mulvihill (Baltimore, Md.) [Mulvihill].

Printed sources: Cotter (Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Tutor), 1989; No. 47. Jordan (Whistle and Sing), 1975; 26. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 29, p. 70. O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 170, p. 94. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1111, p. 209. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1986; No. 287, p. 62. Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, vol. 1), 1999; p. 34. Vallely (Learn to Play Tin Whistle with the Armagh Pipers Club), vol. 2, No. 1.

Recorded sources: Green Linnet SIF 1058, Matt Molloy & Seane Keane - "Contentment is Wealth" (1985). Shanachie SHA 34008, Andy McGann & Paddy Reynolds (1977).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's [1]

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