Annotation:Humors of Mám (The)

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X:1 T:Humours of Mám, The C:Paddy Conneely, the Galway piper M:6/8 L:1/8 Q:"Con Spirito" B:The Dublin Magazine (August, 1842, No. 32) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F FED E2C|CDC CDE|F2G A2B|cdc BAB| cdc BAB|cdc f2c|cBG GFE|1 G2F FBG:|2G2F F3|| |:fef cdc|fef cdc|{e}fgf edc|BGF EFG| AFA BAB|1 cdc f2c|cBG GFE|G2F F2:| [2 cdc f2c|cBG GFE|G2F F3||

HUMORS OF NÁM, THE. Irish, Jig (6/8 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Composed by Galway piper Paddy Conneely, who was the source of many tunes in the collections of George Petrie and P.W. Joyce. This is one of the few actually attributed to him, however. Dr. Hudson, in his notes to the tune in The Dublin Magazine (August, 1842) gives:

Paddy Conneely, the Galway Piper

There never was a happier man than Paddy Coneely during his sojurn with the accomplished artists, who first kidnapped and then comforted him in the mountain passes, behind the Twelve Pins of Connemara. The fine days brought with them expeditions into the romantic scenery around. The wettest day would have its fine hour, and a ramble; and Paddy had a full relish for enjoying himself in the society of such men, as the author of the fourteenth number of the Irish Penny Journal, and the friends who accompanied him. Even in the gloom of the Connaught showers, there was occupation enough and enjoyment within doors--for Paddy was imparting, to his discriminating friend, all the most ancient airs he could think of; and their host O'Ruarc was ever busy providing for his guests the best entertainment the country could afford.

The recollection of those joyous hours sank deep in Paddy's heart. He could not write a fourteenth number of the Irish Penny Journal. But what he could do, he did. He composed a jig in his best manner and merriest mood to commemorate "The Humours of Mám." He played if for us, and thus we are able to give our friend Paddy's idea of those pleasant times expressed in his own way.

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Printed sources : - Henry Hudson (The Dublin Magazine), August, 1842; No. 32.

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