Gramachree is a Sup of Good Drink
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GRAMACHREE IS A SUP OF GOOD DRINK. AKA - "Sup of Good Drink (A)." English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Mulhollan): ABB (Sharp): AABB (Aird). 'Gramachree' is an Englished version of the Irish Gra Mo Croi (Graidh mo chroidhe), or 'love of my heart.' The melody was published by James Aird in his 6th and last collection (1803), but appearances in print and manuscript collections (often under the shortened title "Sup of Good Drink") date to the mid-latter 18th century. An air by the name "Sup of Good Drink" was performed in the pantomime The Elopement (1768), but the country dance tune (as printed by Aird) is a different melody. It appears in America in the Aaron Beck flute manuscript (1786), Sarah Brown Herreshoff's commonplace book (1790, Rhode Island), Thomas Nixon Jr.'s fife manuscript (c. 1776-78, Connecticut), fifer William Morris's commonplace book (1776-77, Hunterdon County, N.J.), and Nova Scotia fluter Thomas Molyneaux's copybook (1788).
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Printed sources: Aird (Sixth and Last Volume of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), 1803; No. 104, p. 40. Mulhollan (Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1804; p. 15. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 60.