Jolly Little Boy (The)

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JOLLY LITTLE BOY, THE (An Buacaillin Sugac). AKA and see "Donegal Dimple's Reel." Irish, Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune earlier appeared in White's Unique Collection (1896) as "Donegal Dimple's Reel," almost note-for-note the tune that O'Neill obtained from Edward Cronin.

Source for notated version: Chicago fiddler Edward Cronin, originally from County Tipperary, born in the 1840's. Cronin was a weaver, machinest, and sometimes journalist who had a storehouse of tunes committed to memory. He was one of O'Neill's chief informants, and a man "whose boast it was that he never forgave or forgot an injury" [O'Neill].

Printed sources: O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 201. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1716, p. 319.

Recorded sources: His Master's Voice 216058 (78 RPM), Albert Gerson (c. 1919. A medley of tunes: Walker street; Fife hunt; The maid of Argyle; Donegal dimple; Mountain reel; Old sport)




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