Annotation: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.

"Glass of Beer" was recorded in 1976 as part of the first set of reels on the Bridge Ceili Band's (Bronx) first recording. "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]; biography: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 [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]

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