Glass of Beer (The)

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GLASS OF BEER, THE. AKA and see "Chase Her through the Garden," "John Stenson's No. 2," "Johnny Maguire's Reel," "Listowel Lasses (2)," "McFadden's Reel (2)." Irish, Reel. B Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Mulvihill): AABB (Mallinson). A well-known traditional session tune, heard in sessions today. It has been speculated that it was perhaps composed by John McFadden, an Irish traditional musician in Chicago and a contemporary and source of Captain Francis O'Neill. O'Neill's "Pick Your Partner" is a similar tune supplied by McFadden. However, it is also contained in the music manuscript collection (under the "Glass of Beer" title) of Rev. Luke Donnellan (1878-1952), an ms. probably not original with him but rather the work of an unknown but able fiddler who collected in the Oriel, Ulster, region over a lifetime of playing. This suggests the tune was in circulation in Ireland in the latter 19th century.

"John Stenson's No. 2" is also a closely related tune. Compare also with James S. Kerr's "Piper's Glass (The)."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - flute player Cathal McConnell [Bulmer & Sharpley]; Bridge Céilí Band [Mulvihill]; Rev. Luke Donnellan music manuscript collection (late 19th/early 20th century, Oriel, Ulster) [O'Connor].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (Ceol Rince na hÉireann vol. III), 1986; No. 168. Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland vol. 2), 1974; No. 3. Donnellan (Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society, vol. II, No. 2), 1909; No. 93. Mallinson (100 Essential), 1995; No. 61, p. 27. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 207, p. 56 (appears as untitled reel). O'Connor (The Rose in the Gap), 2018; No. 39, p. 41.

Recorded sources : - Claddagh CC30, "Chieftains 9, Boil the Breakfast Early" (1979). Gael Linn CEF 103, Frankie Gavin - "Up and Away." Green Linnett SIF1040, Touchstone - "The New Land." Green Linnett GLCD 1119, Cherish the Ladies - "The Back Door" (1992). Ossian 39, Oisin - "Over the Moor to Maggie."

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]



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