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X:1 T:Limestone Rock M:C| L:1/8 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G dc | BG ~G2 (3ABA GE | DEGB A2 dc | BG ~G2 AGAB | c2 Bc A2 dc | BG ~G2 AG ~G2 | DG ~G2 A2 dc | B2GB AGAB | cABG A2 (3Bcd :| |: e2 df eB~B2 | eBdB A2 Bd | eB ~B2 gB~B2 | cdBc A2 (3Bcd | e2dg ea~a2 | gedB A2 BA | G2 Bd {a}gfgb | agef gedc :|]

LIMESTONE ROCK (An Chloch Aoil). AKA - "Lime Stone Rock." AKA and see "Tit for Tat (1)." Irish, Reel. G Major ('A' part) & E Minor ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Breathnach, O'Malley, Prior): AA'B (O'Neill): AABB (Mulvihill, Russell): AABB' (Harker/Rafferty). Doolin, north Clare, tin whistle player Micho Russell (1989) associates the title with the limestone rocks of the area of western Ireland called the Burren. Although much of the land is somewhat barren with little grass, it is renowned for the flowers which manage to grow there. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland, 1907) prints the tune as "Tit for Tat (1)." The second strain of "Limestone Rock" is similar to that of O'Neill's "You Never Saw Her Equal." See also Stephen Grier's single jig setting "Tear it to Rags."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - flute player Éamonn de Stabaltún [Breathnach, CRÉ I]; Dublin accordion player Sonny Brogan [Breathnach, CRÉ IV]; uilleann piper Bill Ochs (New York, NY) [Mulvihill]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (Ceol Rince na hÉirreann vol. I), 1963; No. 113, p. 47. Breathnach (Ceol Rince na hÉirreann, vol. IV), 1996; No. 166, p. 78. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 22, p. 7. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 195, p. 53. O'Malley (Luke O'Malley's Collection of Irish Music, vol. 1), 1976; No. 51, p. 26. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 143. Prior (Fionn Seisiún 3), 2007; p. 12. Russell (The Piper's Chair), 1989; p. 19.

Recorded sources : - Claddagh CC2CD, "The Chieftains." Gaelic 1006B (78 RPM), Tom Ennis & James Morrison (1923. Name on the label: "Blackberry Blossom", although actually the tunes are "Limestone Rock/Bucks of Oranmore (The)"). Green Linnet Records SIF 1058, Matt Molloy & Sean Keane - "Contentment is Wealth" (1985). Green Linnet Records GLCD 1045, Joe Burke - "Tailor's Choice" (1980. With accordion player Burke playing a flute duet with Mike Rafferty, paired with "Banshee (1) (The)").

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Hear the 1923 recording by uilleann piper Tom Ennis and fiddler James Morrison at the Internet Archive [3] [4]

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