Lady Mary Ramsey (2)

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LADY MARY RAMSEY [2] (Beantigearna Maire Ramsei). AKA and see "Boy in the Gap (2)," "Forget Me Not (3)," Kilkenny Boys," "Miss Ramsay (2)," "Queen's Shilling (The)." Irish; Reel. G Major (O'Neill). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Kennedy, O'Neill/1850): AAB (Mackintosh): AA'B (O'Neill/Krassen). See also the Strathspey/Highland version of the tune, "Lady Mary Ramsey (1)" and the note (Lady Mary Ramsay (1)) for more.

"Lady Mary Ramsay" also is played in Ireland as the third tune in a medley of flings called "Four Provinces Flings (3)." Peter Kennedy gives "Boy in the Gap" as an alternate title.

Source for notated version: Francis O'Neill learned the tune from an accomplished West Clare flute player (and Chicago police patrolman) named Patrick "Big Pat" O'Mahony, a man of prodigious physique of whom he said: "the 'swing' of his execution was perfect, but instead of 'beating time' with his foot on the floor like most musicians he was never so much at ease as when seated in a chair tilted back against a wall, while both feet swung rhythmically like a double pendulum" [O'Neill, Irish Folk Music].

Printed sources: Kennedy (Traditional Dance Music of Britain and Ireland: Reels and Rants), 1997; No. 94, p. 24. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 159. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1536, p. 284.

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