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X:1 T:Honeysuckle [2], The L:1/8 M:4/4 R:Hornpipe K:D A/B/c|d2 cA B/c/d AF|DFAF GBAG|FAdA FAdf|edcB AB c/B/A| d2 cA B/c/d AF|DFAF GBAG|FAdB AGFE|D/E/D CE D2:| |:A/B/c|dcde fdec|defg a2 af|geeg fddf|edcB AB c/B/A| d2 cA B/c/d AF|DFAF GBAG|FAdB AGFE|D/E/D CE D2:||

HONEYSUCKLE [2], THE (Lus-na-Mealla). Irish, Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was recorded in London in 1931 in London by the Ballinakill Traditional Dance Players from County Galway. See also the related "Splendid Hornpipe," "Tadgh's Ailment" and "Stack's Hornpipe" (more correspondence in the first strain). Gloucestershire fiddler Stephen Baldwin's "Coleford Jig (The)" bears some resemblance. The melody has been recorded by a few Cape Breton fiddlers.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford]. "Carey" [O'Neill] --John Carey was a native of Limerick who contributed tunes to the O'Neill collections at the start of the 20th century (see also "Pipe on the Hob (1)", for example). He is not mentioned in O'Neill's Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913), but receives recognition in Irish Folk Music, a Fascinating Hobby (1910), where O'Neill notes he was a fiddler, "long a resident of Chicago."

Born and grown to manhood in County Limerick and brought up in the midst of a community where old ideas and customs prevailed, his memory was stored with traditional music. He numbered among his relatives many pipers and fiddlers, and being quite an expert on the violin himslef in his younger days before that arch-enemy of musicians--rheumatism-- stiffened his fingers, his settings were ideal. Gradually, from week to week, and extending into years, his slumbering memory surrendered gems of melody unknown to this generation, and not until within a few months of death did his contributions entirely cease. Even Mrs. Carey's memory yielded up a fine reel, the "Absent-minded Woman," which her husband did not play."

Printed sources : - Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 35, p. 13. O'Malley (Luke O'Malley's Collection of Irish Music, vol. 1), 1976; No. 145, p. 73. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 186. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1653, p. 07. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1986; No. 874, p. 151. Treoir, vol. 35, No. 1, 2003; p. 30. Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, vol. 1), 1999; p. 15.

Recorded sources : - Rounder RO 7023, Natalie MacMaster - "No Boundaries" (1996).

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [3]
Hear the Ballinakill Céilí Band's recording at the Comhaltas Archive [4] [5]

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