Lass and the Money is All My Own (The)

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LASS AND THE MONEY IS ALL MY OWN, THE. AKA and see "Churlish Husband," "Cutting at the Broom," "Intrepid (The)," "Lad and the money is all my own," "Lucky Kitchens Reel," "Patties Whim," "Portpatrick," "Port Patrick (1)." English, Jig (6/8 time). England, Northumberland. G Major (Bruce & Stokoe): A Major (Cocks, Vickers). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title is Northumbrian, although the tune is derived from an old Scotch melody called "Portpatrick," sometimes attributed (by Alison Kinnaird) to Blind Roderick Morison, or Rory Dall (c. 1660–1713), harper to the MacLeods of Skye. Confusingly, there was another 17th century harper named Rory Dall O'Cathain, and tunes are often attributed to one or the other without realizing they were different musicians. The latter Rory Dall was of Irish extracton, however. Kinnaird (in liner notes to her 1978 album "The Harp Key") posits: "It is possible that those pieces collected in Perthshire, such as 'Port Atholl' or 'Port Patrick' were by the Irish Rory Dall, but it does seem likely that the tunes were composed in Scotland, partly because of their titles, and also because most of them are in a 'Scottish style'." Others dispute her assertions, however, and believe the tune is a later work, perhaps by James Oswald, and has no connection with harp repertory.

There are other names for the tune, whatever it provenance. Cumbrian musician John Rook entered it into his ms. collection as "Intrepid (The)," while it was published in London by Johnson as "Cutting at the Broom." James Oswald published it as "Port Patrick (1)" in his Caledonian Pocket Companion. The FARNE [1] site gives alternate names "Churlish Husband," "Lucky Kitchen Reel," and "Patties Whim," and says was used as the melody for the Northumbrian song "Sawney Ogilvie's duel with his wife." Northumbrian musician John Bell (1783–1864) included it in his c. 1812 music manuscript collection as "Lad and the money is all my own" [2]. Matt Seattle [3] also notes: "Abraham Mackintosh, a Scottish fiddler livng in Newcastle in the early 19th century, recorded the tune under a title nearly identical to this, showing that it was still known locally under this name, perhaps with associated lyrics. (Wm Christie (Aberdeenshire, 1820) also recorded a completely different tune with a similar title.)" The tune was entered as an untitled piece (probably used as a fife march) in the Woburn (Mass.) Fife Manuscript [4], a ms. collection inscribed with the the name Seth Johnson and "Woburn. April 20th day, 1807. I Bought this Book, 5:3." Entries were made between 1807 and as late as 1840.

Source for notated version: William Vickers' 1770 music manuscript collection (Northumberland) [Bruce & Stokoe, Seattle).

Printed sources: Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; p. 172. Cocks (Tutor for the Northumbrian Half-Long Bagpipes), 1925; No. 21, p. 13. Seattle (The Great Northern Tunebook), 2008; No. 133, p. 39.

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