Annotation:Knights of Saint Patrick (The)

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X:1 T:Knights of Saint Patrick, The T:King of the Pipers, The R:jig H:There are 3 other tunes called "King of the Pipers": #66, #219, #307 Z:id:hn-jig-8 Z:transcribed by M:6/8 K:D dcd faf|dcd AFD|GBG FAF|EFG ABc| dcd faf|dcd AFD|GBG FAF|1 ECE D3:|2 ECE D2f|| ~a3 fdf|aba agf|~g3 ece|Ace gfg| ~a3 fdf|aba afg|afd bge|dAF D2f| ~a3 fdf|aba agf|~g3 ece|Ace gfe| dcd ede|fef gfg|afd bge|dAF D3||

KNIGHTS OF SAINT PATRICK, THE. AKA - "Knights of St. Patrick." AKA and see "King of the Pipers (4)," "Limestone Quarry (The)." Irish, Double Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB' (Feldman & O'Doherty): AABB (Feldman & O'Doherty/Simon Doherty): AABB' (Harker/Rafferty, Mallinson). The Order of St. Patrick was founded in 1783 by King George III, as a counterpart of the English Order of the Garter and the Scottish Order of the Thistle. It lasted until the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. In 1907 the "Irish Crown Jewels," really the insignia of the Order, were stolen from Dublin Casle shortly before a visit by England's King Edward VIII, the soverign of the order. They have never been found. The tune was attributed to Co. Mayo and New York fiddler John McGrath (1900-1955) by his nephew, Vincent McGrath or Drogheda, however, it appears that the tune is much older. See also Luke O'Malley's version of "Larry O'Gaff (3)" which seems to incorporate the second part of "Knight's of St. Patrick."

The jig also has some currency among Cape Breton fiddlers.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddler Jimmy McHugh [Bulmer & Sharpley]; fiddler John Doherty (1895-1980, County Donegal) [Feldman & O'Doherty]; fiddler Simon Doherty (John's brother, County Donegal) [Feldman & O'Doherty]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources : - Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland vol. 1), 1974, No. 57. Feldman & O'Doherty (Northern Fiddler), 1979; p. 59. Feldman & O'Doherty (Northern Fiddler), 1979; pp. 59 & 100. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 217, p. 67. Mallinson (100 Enduring), 1995; No. 52, p. 23.

Recorded sources : - Cló Iar-Chonnachta CICD 161, Chris Droney - "Down from Bell Harbour" (2005). Green Linnet SIF 3077, John Doherty - "Bundle and Go" (originally recorded for Topic Records). Rex LPR-1006, Liverpool Céilí Band - "Off to Dublin" (1966).

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Ng's [3]
Hear fiddler John Conroy play the tune at the Comhaltas Archive [4]

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