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JENNY TIE YOUR BONNET (Cuir Snaidhm ar do Chaipín, a Shinéad). AKA and see "Down with the Mail," "In and Out the Harbor (1)," "Jenny Lace Your Tight," "Jenny Pin Your Bonnet Tighter," "Lassie Tie Your Bonnet," "Rambler's Rest," "Tie the Bonnet," "Upstairs in a Tent (2)." Irish, Reel. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Breathnach): ABCD (Mitchell). As "Jenny Pin Your Bonnet Tighter" the reel appears in the c. 1885 music manuscript collection of fiddler Francis Reynolds (Gaigue, Ballinamuck, Co. Longford). Frances O'Neill prints versions of the tune under the titles "Tie the Bonnet," "Down with the Mail," and "Rambler's Rest (The)." Brendan Breathnach collected it in County Clare as "In and Out the Harbor (1)" and in Fermanagh as "Jenny Lace Your Tight." Peter Kennedy (1997) finds relatedness with "Jenny Nettles (1)." The Irish reel seems to have been originally a Scottish tune called "Janet Tyed the Bonnet Tight" (sometimes "Jeannie Tied the Bonnet Tight"), as printed in The Piper's Assistant (1854).

The melodic themes explored in the A dorian mode in "Jenny Tie Your Bonnet" can be heard in different but similar combinations in tunes like "Cavan Reel (The)," "Cottage in the Grove (2) (The)," "Faraway Wedding (1) (The)," "Gravel Walks (The)," "Gravelled Walks to Granny (The)," "Highland Man that Kissed his Grannie (1) (The)," "Jolly Seven (The)," "Lassie Tie Your Bonnet," "Lizzie's Bonnet," "Stenson's No. 1," "Tailor's Thimble (2) (The),"

Source for notated version: piper Willie Clancy (1918-1973, Miltown Malbay, west Clare, Ireland) [Breathnach, Mitchell].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 96, p. 50. Mitchell (Dance Music of Willie Clancy), 1993; No. 20, pp. 40-41.

Recorded sources: Claddagh Records CC32, Willie Clancy - "The Pipering of Willie Clancy" (1980). LOCH 1233, Old Blind Dogs - "Legacy." Lauren MacColl - "When Leaves Fall."

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]




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