Leinster Lasses (The)

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LEINSTER LASSES, THE. Irish, Jig (6/8 time). AKA and see "Bridal Jig (1) (The)," "Kennedy's Bridal Jig," "Priest's Leap (1) (The)." G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB'. The jig appears with this title in the c. 1885 music manuscript collection of fiddler Francis Reynolds of Gaigue, Ballinamuck, Co. Longford. Researcher Conor Ward finds an identical tune in Francis O'Neill's "Kennedy's Bridal Jig," with a slight variation in the second strain repeat. Ward notes: "James Kennedy (1861-1927) and Francis Reynolds (1862-1946) were of the same age and grew up in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim and Ballinamuck, Co. Longford, respectively, towns that were only 30km apart from one another." See also "Gray Hen (The)" for another geo-musical connection between Kennedy and Reynolds that Ward has unearthed.

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