Limerick Lasses (1)

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X:1 T:Limerick Lasses [1], The M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Polka B:Levey – Dance Music of Ireland vol. 1 (1858, No. 92, p. 36) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D (c|d>)(B A>)F|D2 D>F|G>F G>A|B>E E>(c| d>)B A>F|D2 D>(F|G)(E A>)(G|F>)D D:| |:A|d>c d>e|f2 e>d|e>d e>f|g>B B>d| g>f g>a|b2 a>g|f>a e>g|f>d d:|]

LIMERICK LASSES [1] ({Na} Og-Mna {Ua} Luimnaig). AKA and see "Coppers and Brass (1)/Coppers of Brass (1)," "Crossing the Field," "Dublin Lasses (1)," "Green Fields of Erin (2)," "Heather Breeze (1)," "Heather Bloom (The)," "Heathery Braes (The)," "Heathery Braes of Ballyhealy (The)," "Humors of Appletown (The)," "Ladies' Pantaloons (1)/Lady's Pantaloons," "Limerick Lads," "McNamara's Reel," "Pretty Girls of Monaghan," "Pretty Little Boy (The)," "Who Made Your Britches?." Irish, Scottish; Reel or Long Dance (Roche). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC (Cole, Honeyman, O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AA'BC (O'Neill/Krassen): AABBC (Roche): AABBCC (Alewine, Athole). The tune is printed at least twice in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883), as "Limerick Lasses", and as a two-part version called "Who Made Your Britches?." "Limerick Lasses" was earlier printed in Irish violinist R.M. Levey's Dance Music of Ireland, vol. 1 (1858), where it is set as a polka, in 2/4 time. Around the same time, County Cork Church of Ireland cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman entered the tune in cut time in vol. 4 of his large music manuscript collection. Researcher Conor Ward finds a version of the tune under the title "Pretty Little Boy (The)" in the c. 1883 music manuscript collection of Stephen Grier, of Gortletteragh, Co. Leitrim.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Alewine (Maid that Cut Off the Chicken's Lips), 1987; p. 23. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 11. Honeyman (Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor), 1898; p. 10. Levey (Dance Music of Ireland, vol. 1), 1858; No. 92. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 141. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1451, p. 269. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 684, p. 121. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 2), 1912; No. 290, p. 37. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 34. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 112.

Recorded sources: -Green Linnet SIF-104, John & Phil Cunningham - "The Celts Rise Again" (1990). Green Linnet SIF-3036, John & Phil Cunningham - "Silly Wizard: Live in America" (1986).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's [1]

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