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JOHN McKENNA'S [1]. AKA and see "Bird in the Cage," "Gardiner's Favourite (2)," "London Lasses (1)," "Maid in the Rushes (The)," "Streams in the Valley." Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title stems from the September, 1928, recording in New York city by flute player John McKenna [1] and fiddler James Morrison, where the tune appears with the title "Streams in the Valley," in a medley with "Gardiner's Favorite." An influential musician, McKenna's name became associated with the tune, and, since "Gardiner's Favorite" was listed first in the medley, that title as well became associated with the "Stream in the Valley" tune.

John McKenna & Michael Gaffney



Source for notated version: accordion player Johnny O'Leary (Sliabh Luachra region of the Cork-Kerry border) [Moylan].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ II); No. 170, p. 89 (appears as "An Gearrchaile sa Luachair/The Maid in the Rushes"). Moylan (Johnny O'Leary), 1994; No. 243, pp. 140-141.

Recorded sources: Columbia 33296-F (78 RPM), John McKenna & James Morrison (1928).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]




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