Humors of Buttevant

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HUMORS OF BUTTEVANT. Irish, Jig (6/8 time). A Minor/Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in the American music manuscript collection of musician M.E. Eames, about whom nothing is known (save that some of his title may have Philadelphia, Pa., connections). Buttevant is in County Cork, and was the location of the horse fair. There was a Viscounty of Buttevant in Cork, now extinct, that came by its name from the Anglo-Norman de Barry family (the 'de' was later dropped). One of them, Robert de Barry, accompanied Strongbow on the Norman invasion of Ireland but had the misfortune to be the first slain when they came ashore. Nevertheless, the family became one of the most powerful conquering families and acquired huge holdings. Their Viscounty of Buttevant was so-called from their war-cry, Boutez-en-avant! when storming the place [Dublin University Magazine, vol. 85, 1875, p. 618]. The ancient horse fair at Cahirmee [1] is located in the town of Buttevant.

The first strain of "Humors of Buttevant" is shared with "Humors of Tralee."

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