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KINVARA REEL. AKA and see "Eddie Moloney's (1)." Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. Kinvara is a version of the Irish Gaelic Cin Mhara, meaning 'head of the sea', and refers to a town in County Galway, near the border with Clare. The tune was recorded under this title by P.J. Hernon and as "Eddie Moloney's No. 1" by Frankie Gavin. It appears in a 1980 issue of Treoir magazine where it is identified as having been composed by Tommy Whelan. Like Moloney, Whelan was an east Galway flute player, and the two were friends. The late East Galway flute player Jack Coen (Bronx, NY) remembers that Moloney and Whelen used to forgot which one of them had composed certain tunes. Coen would ask one or the other the source for a new tune and invariably they would credit it to the other flute player. Tongue-in-cheek, Jack sometimes called such East Galway tunes of indefinite origin "Whelan Moloney's" (Brad Hurley).

Source for notated version: collected in 1960 from Eddie Moloney (Galway City, Ireland) [Breathnach].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 219, p. 114 (appears as "Gan ainm/No title").

Recorded sources: CEF 103, Frankie Gavin - "Up and Away" (appears as 2nd tune of "Eddie Moloney Set"). P.J. Hernon - "Ceol Chonamara."

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




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