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X:1 T:Larry Grogan [1] M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig Q:"Lively" B:Oswald – Caledonian Pocket Companion Book 10 (1760, p. 12) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G c|BGB BGB|AFA ABc|(B/c/d)B cAF|GGG GG:| |:e|=f>gf edc|Bcd dBG|=f<gf efg|AAA AAe| =f>gf edc|Bcd dBG|(B/c/d)B cAF|GGG GG:| |:g|BBg BBg|AAg AAg|BBg AAg|GGG GG:| |:e|=ffa eeg|dec dBG|=fed egB|aAA AAe| =f3 e3|decd BG|(B/c/d)B cAF|GGG GG:|]



LARRY GROGAN('S) [1] (Lamrais Ua Grugain). AKA – "Larry O'Grogan." AKA and see also "By Your Leave Larry Grogan," "Coppers and Brass (2)", "County Limerick Buckhunt," "Humors of Milltown (2)," "Pingneacha Rua agus Pras," "Waves of Tramore (The)." Irish, Double Jig. G Major (Cole, Kennedy, Roche): G Major/Mixolydian (Levey, O'Neill, O'Farrell, Seattle/Vickers): C Major (Harding). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (most versions): AAB (Seattle/Vickers): AABCCD (Kennedy). "Coppers and Brass (2)" and "Waves of Tramore (The)" et al. are closely related tunes, while "Bliven's Favorite," "Finerty's Frolic," and "Humors of Ennistymon (1) (The)" are similar in parts. There is considerable overlap with versions "Larry Grogan [1]" and "Larry Grogan (3)", however, the latter versions are rather more similar to the "Humors of Ennistymon (1) (The)" tune family (which includes "Cavan Lasses," "Hartigan's Fancy" "Lasses of Melross" and "Little Fanny's Fancy").

Lawrence Grogan (1701-1728/29) was an 18th century "gentleman piper" and composer, to who is attributed the tunes "Ally Crocker" (c. 1725) and "Girl I Love." Grogan was from Johnstown Castle, Rathaspeck, County Wexford, and was the first performer on the improved Irish pipes called Uilleann or (archaically) Union of whom there is historical record (O'Neill, 1913). Like many country gentlemen of his day, he was supposed to have been devoted to hunting and horseracing. He was apparently an associate of Jack Lattin, another gentleman-musician, who danced himself to death on a wager (see note for "Jackie Layton"). Grogan died young, reputedly in the Barbados in the West Indies. See also note for "Allie Croker" for more on Grogan.

"Larry Grogan" appears to have first been printed in 1742 by the London publisher I. Johnson, introduced in Daniel Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances, vol. 2. It was picked up by John Walsh for his Compleat Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Sixth (London, 1754), James Oswald for the Caledonian Pocket Companion (London, 1760), Robert Bremner for his Delightful Pocket Companion for the German Flute (London, 1763), and Neil Stewart for Select Collection of Scots, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, Jiggs and Marches (Edinburgh, 1788). The air was employed in several ballad operas, starting with Jack the Gyant Queller (1749), Kane O'Hara's Midas (1764), and Arne's Love in a Village (1795). The popular melody can be found in a number of musicians' copybooks of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, on both sides of the Atlantic, including William Vickers (Northumberland, 1770), John Fife (Perthshire, 1780), and Thomas Hammersley (London, 1790). In North America it was penned by several different flute players: Henry Beck (1786), John Hoff (Lancaster, Pa, 1797–99), Micah Hawkins (New York, 1794) and Thomas Molyneaux (Shelburne, Nova Scotia, 1788). A lone American fiddler's manuscript also contains it; that of Linnaeus Bolling (Buckingham County, Va., c. 1785). New York published Edward Riley printed it in his Flute Melodies, vol. 1 (1814), and "Larry Grogan" was printed on several songsheets of the era.


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Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1), 1782; No. 153, p. 54. Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4), 1796; No. 30, p. 11. Breathnach (CRÉ 1), 1963; No. 4. Clinton (Gems of Ireland), 1841; No. 132, p. 66. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 61. William Forde (300 National Melodies of the British Isles), c. 1841; p. 26, p. 86. Harding's All Round Collection, 1905; No. 126, p. 40. P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs, vol. 3); 1859, No. 211, p. 101. Kennedy (Fiddler's Tune-Book: Jigs & Quicksteps, Trips & Humours), 1997; No. 100, p. 25. Levey (Dance Music of Ireland, 2nd Collection), 1873; No. 62, p. 27. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. 3), c. 1808; p. 38. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 37. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 879, p. 163. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 132, p. 37. O'Neill (Irish Minstrels and Musicians), 1913; p. 182. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, vol. 10), 1760, p. 12. Peoples (50 Irish Fiddle Tunes), 1986; No. 45. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 1), 1912; No. 111, p. 47. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 92. Seattle/Vickers (Great Northern Tune Book, part 2), 1987; No. 297. Samuel, Anne & Peter Thompson (The Hibernian Muse), London, 1787; No. 37, p. 23. Walsh (Caledonian Country Dances, vol. 2), 1737; p. 23.



See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]



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