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X:1 T:Johnny's Wedding T:Johnnie's Wedding M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:James Goodman (1828─1896) music manuscript collection, S:vol. 3, p. 123. Mid-19th century, County Cork Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amin c2 ec cA Ac|BGdG BG G2|c2 ec cA A2|edcB A2A2| c2 ec cA Ac|BGdG BG G2|cBcd efge|dcBG A2A2|| a2 ag efge|dedc BG G2|a2 ag efge|eaab a2a2| bagf efge|dedc BG G2|cBcd efge|dcBG A2A2||



JOHNNY'S WEDDING ("Banais Seanin" or "Posad Seaganin"). AKA and see "Colonel McBain's," "Devonshire Reel (1) (The)," "Seán Frank," "Smoky House (1) (The)," "Sporting Molly." Irish, Reel. G Dorian (O'Neill): G Major (Eames); A Minor (Goodman). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Goodman): AA'B. Probably derived from the Scots "Johnnie's Made a Wedding O't/Johnny's Made a Waddin' O't." "Colonel McBain's" is a closely related tune. The tune was entered into the music manuscript copybook of fiddler M.E. Eames, frontispiece dated Aug. 22nd, 1859 (p. 9). Unfortunately, nothing is known of Eames, although a few of the tune titles in his manuscript suggest Philadelphia, Pa., connections. Eames set "Johnny's Wedding" in the key of 'G' Major, but by the time O'Neill printed it some fifty years later the tonality had migrated to the dorian mode. The tune and title also appear in the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork uilleann piper, collector and Church if Ireland cleric Rev. James Goodman [1] (vol. 3, p. 123) in the key of A minor.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 99. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1216. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 493, p. 94. Shields (Tunes of the Munster Pipers, vol. 1), 1998; No. 466, p. 183.

Recorded sources: -Green Linnet GLCD 1127, "Martin Hayes" (1993).



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