Irish Girl (5) (The)

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X: 5 T: The Irish Girl [5] R: reel M: 4/4 L: 1/8 F: Moxhe [1] K: Dmaj (AG)|!segno!FGAF DEFD|E(A, {B,}A,G,) A,2 (AG)|FGAF DEFG|(3fga ec dBAG| FGAF DEFD|E>(A, {B,}(3A,G,A,) E>(A, {B,}(3A,G,A,)|FGAF DEFA|faec d2|| (ag)|fd{e}dc ~dcd.f|edcd efge|fd{e}dc dfaf|ec (3ABc d2 (ag)| fd{e}dc dfaf|edcd efge|fdef gbag|(3fga (ec) dBAG!segno!||



IRISH GIRL [5], THE (An Cailín Gaelach). AKA and see "Daisy Field (The)," "Wild Irishman (3) (The)." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Francis O'Neill gives the title of the reel as "Daisy Field (The)"/"Daisy Fields (The)," in his Dance Music of Ireland (1907). "Irish Girl (5)" was recorded in 1935 by fiddler James Morrison (originally from County Sligo), and, earlier, in 1929 by fiddler and singer James "Packie" Dolan (1904-1932, born near Ballinamuck, County Longford) as the first tune in a medley released under the title "Irish Girl" (see "Irish Girl (8) (The)" for the 2nd tune in a medley). The eldest of nine children, Dolan learned to play from his father (also a fiddler), and emigrated to the United States in 1919 where he became a plumber. He formed a band called Packie Dolan and His Boys (which included fiddler Hugh Gillespie) and cut two dozen sides in just a few years. His promising career was cut short when he died after the ferry to Ricker's Island in New York Harbor that he was working on sustained a boiler explosion. Sixty-seven other workers also perished in the accident.

Packie Dolan

County Slipo/New York fiddler James Morrison recorded the tune for Columbia Records in 1935, the first of a set of reels, followed by "Musical Priest," and "Lord Wellington (2)." A single reel, "The Irish Girl" repeats each strain only once, also to be found in O'Neill's "Daisy Field" version.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddler James Morrison (New York/County Sligo, Ireland) [Breathnach].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 151, p. 70.

Recorded sources : - Columbia Co 33540-F (78 RPM), James Morrison (1935). Victor V-29059, Packie Dolan and His Boys (1929). Shanachie Records 33004, "The Pure Genius of James Morrison" (1978). 'Ón tSean-Am Anall' (Danny O'Donnell).

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]
Hear Packie Dolan's recording at the Internet Archive [3] or at Juneberry 78's [4]
Hear James Morrison's 1935 recording at the Comhaltas Archive [5] (2nd tune in medley, preceding "Musical Priest" and "Lord Wellington").



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