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HOUSEMAID [1], THE. AKA and see "Cashel Jig (The)," "Custom House (The)," "Darby Gallagher's (1)," "East at Glendart," "Finley's Jig," "House Maid," "Humors of Glendart," "Julia Clifford's," "Shins Around the Fireside (2)," "Tim the Piper." Irish, Jig. D Major (Joyce, Shields/Goodman): G Major (Kennedy). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The earliest appearance of the tune (best known as "Humors of Glendart" today) in print is in Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman's mid-19th century music manuscripts, where it appears as "House Maid". Goodman (1828-1896) was an uilleann piper, and an Irish speaker who collected locally in County Cork and elsewhere in Munster. He also obtained tunes from manuscripts and printed collections. The tune is related to Breathnach's "Geese in the Bog (1)" and R.M. Levey's "Saddle the Pony (6)." See note for "Humors of Glendart" for more.

Source for notated version: Miss Griffin of Foynes on the Shannon in Limerick, via Pigot [Joyce].

Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 841, pp. 407-408. Kennedy (Jigs & Quicksteps, Trips & Humours), 1997; No. 58, p. 15. Shields/Goodman (Tunes of the Munster Pipers), 1998; No. 54, p. 25.

Recorded sources:

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [3]




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