Jackson's Dairymaid (1)
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JACKSON'S DAIRYMAID . AKA and see "Jackson's Hunt," "Magic Fiddle," "Spoil the Dance." Irish, Reel (whole time). A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody, attributed to the 18th century gentleman piper Walker 'Piper' Jackson, of the townland of Lisdaun, parish of Ballingarry, Aughrim, County Limerick, appears in Patrick Gunn's c. 1860's manuscript collection (p. 38). Researchers Conor Ward and Fr. John Quinn find cognate versions as "Jackson's Hunt," from County Leitrim musician Alex Sutherland's early 20th century music manuscript collection, and, as "The Dairy Maid" in a c. 1920 fiddle manuscript in the possession of fiddler Willy McNamara (d. 1944) of the Dromod region of County Leitrim (the researchers believe the unidentified manuscript was not McNamara's, but rather an older one he collected from a local fiddler). McNamara's ms. setting is very similar to that of "Jackson's Hunt." See also another version of the same tune by Sutherland under the title "Magic Fiddle."