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X:1 T:Irish Molly O M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air B:P.M. Haverty – One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 3 (1859, No. 285, p. 142) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F C|F2A c2A|F2A c2A|{GA}G2F D2D|(D3 D2)A| d2d f2d|d2c c2d|{c}B2B A2G|(A3 A2)|| c|d2d f2d|d2c c2d|B2B A2G|(A3 c2)A| G2F G2A|d2c A2F|{GA}G2F D2D|(D3 D2)||



IRISH MOLLY-O. Irish, Air (6/8 time). F Major (Bowman, Haverty, Joyce, O'Neill): G Major (Kerr). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Joyce): AB (Haverty, Kerr, O'Neill): AABB (Bowman). "The words I give here are mainly taken from 'The Native Music of Ireland,' 1842; but I heard different versions in my youth. As for the air: I give it from memory: and my setting hardly differs from that given in the above-mentioned work. I learned it in childhood from the people all round me, with whom the song, both air and words, was in great favour" (Joyce). The song retained its popularity for some time and was widely disseminated. Cazden (et al, 1982) collected a version in New York's Catskill Mountains and notes that the original was re-written several times for the popular stage. See note for "Enniskillen Dragoon (1) (The)" for brief discussion of the structure of this tune and partial list of others in this class.


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Printed sources : - A.S. Bowman (J.W. Pepper Collection of Five Hundred Reels, Jigs, etc.), Phila., 1908, No. 33, p. 9. P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs, vol. 3), 1859; No. 285, p. 142. Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 403, p. 213. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1); p. 41. O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 91, p. 51.






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