Kiss the Maid Behind the Barrel

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X:1 T:Kiss the Maid behind the Barrel M:C L:1/8 R:Reel S:James Goodman (1828─1896) music manuscript collection, S:vol. 3, p. 84. Mid-19th century, County Cork Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G DG G2 AG G2|BABd cABG|DG G2 AG G2|defd cA GF:| dg g2 ag g2|dg g2 agfd|df f2 gf f2|defd cAGF| dg g2 ag g2|dg g2 agfd|afge fefd|cded cAGF||



KISS THE MAID BEHIND THE BARREL(S) {"Pog An Cailin Taob Iar De'n Stanna," "Tabhair Póg don Gearrchaile taobh thiar den Bhairille," or "Pog an Cailin Ar Cul an Stanna"}. AKA and see "Bruisus (The)," "Clonmel Lassies," "Clonmel Lasses," "Gearrchaile taobh thiar den Bhear (An)," "Kiss the Maid Behind the Bar/Kiss the Maid Behind the Barn," "Maid Behind the Bar (2) (The)," "Maid Behind the Counter (The)," "Sally Kelly (2)." Irish, Reel (cut or whole time). G Mixolydian/Major (O'Neill/1850, Stanford/Petrie): G Major (Breathnach, Flaherty, Goodman, O'Neill/1001). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Goodman, Stanford/Petrie): AABB (Kennedy): AABBC (Stanford/Petrie): AABCDD (Flaherty, O'Neill): ABCDEF (Breathnach). As the alternate titles "...behind the Bar" and "...behind the Counter" suggest, the title refers to a woman serving drinks or tending bar, which in some instances (such as at a fair or race) was temporarily erected with boards placed atop barrels.

The tune was entered into the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection (vol. 3, p. 84) of Canon James Goodman (County Cork). Later, Chief Francis O'Neill published two versions that feature an occasional C # note, thus obscuring the tonality in parts of the tune, between G Major and D Major. Dublin artist and music collector George Petrie (c. 1790–1866) had several versions of the reel, five of which appear in Charles Villiers Stanford's 1905 collection of Petrie's work. Stanford/Petrie version No. 885 is identified as "a Cork reel" while his No. 887 is "Set in the county of Limerick." Breathnach (CRÉ 1, 1963) prints a version of the tune under the title "Maid Behind the Bar (2) (The)" and says he never heard the reel with the F natural that Petrie prints. The reel in Breathnach/Small's CRÉ V, from the playing of Kerry fiddler Denis Murphy, is "a special version which can be heard among Sliabh Luachra musicians, longer than the usual setting" (Jackie Small/CRÉ V). "Potlick (The)" is a related melody, while "Trim the Velvet" appears to be a distantly related tune.

O'Neill made a cylinder recording of the tune being played by uilleann piper Patsy Touhey. See also the related "Steampacket (The)" family of tunes. Researcher Conor Ward finds "Brown Red (The)", entered into the latter 19th century music manuscript collections of Stephen Grier (County Leitrim) and Rev. Luke Donnellan (south Ulster), as a related tune and a distanced cousin of the "Kiss the Maid..." tune family.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - flute player Sonny McDonagh (b. 1926, Rinnarogue, Bunninadden, County Sligo) [Flaherty]; "From Col. Westenra" [Stanford/Petrie]; "From P. Carew's MSS" [Stanford/Petrie]; "From F. Keane" [Stanford/Petrie]; "From Mrs. McSweeny. From (the Irish collector) Mr. Joyce" [Stanford/Petrie]; Chicago fiddler James Kennedy who had the tune from his father, Peter, a celebrated local fiddler from Ballinamore, County Leitrim (see "Peter Kennedy's Fancy") [O'Neill]; fiddler Denis Murphy (Kerry) [Breathnach].

Printed sources : - Breathnach & Small (Ceol Rince na hÉireann vol. V), 1999; No. 170, p. 83. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; pg. 125. Kennedy (Traditional Dance Music of Britain and Ireland: Reels and Rants), 1997; No. 117, p. 28 (as "Maid Behind the Counter"). O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1308, p. 245. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 571, p. 105. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; Nos. 884, 885, 886 & 887, p. 224.

Recorded sources : - Coleman Center CD CC004, Gregory Daly & Ted McGowan - "The Mountain Road" (1999. Various artists. "A Compilation of tunes popular in South Sligo"). Columbia 33421-F (78 RPM), piper Tom Ennis (1929. 2nd tune in "Trim the Velvet" set). Front Hall Records FHR-009, How to Change a Flat Tire - "Point of Departure" (1976).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]
Hear fiddler Connie O'Connel's 1992 recording of the tune at the Comhaltas Archive [3]
Hear the 1929 recording (2nd tune in set) by uilleann piper Tom Ennis at the Internet Archive [4] [5]



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