Little House Around the Corner (1)

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LITTLE HOUSE (A)ROUND THE CORNER [1]. AKA - "Little House Round the Corner." AKA and see "House in the Glen (2) (The)," "Little Thatched Cabin (The)," "McDermott's Fancy." Irish, Scottish, Canadian; Jig (6/8 time). Canada, Cape Breton. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Cole, Kerr, McNulty, Ryan): AA'BB' (O'Malley). A jig of uncertain provenance, with roots in Scottish, Irish and American tradition. The tune is one of several attributed to one "J. Hand" in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883). New York musician, researcher and writer Don Meade believes that Johnny and James Hand were fiddling brothers (or father-and-son) in the Boston, Massachusetts, area in the mid-19th century. However, it was printed in Kerr's Merry Melodies, vol. 2 around the same time it appeared in Ryan's collection (although the Kerr's collections are undated, and the exact dates of publication are yet to be established). The jig has currency among modern Cape Breton fiddlers.

As Paul de Grae has pointed out[1], O'Neill gave "Little House Round the Corner" as one of the alternate titles for the jig "Absent Minded Man (The)", which itself is "an almost exact reproduction of Levey's 'The House in the Corner'"[2]. These jigs have nothing musically in common with "Little House around the Corner [1]," but the title connection (through "Absent Minded Man") with Levey's very similar tune name perhaps made for an error by O'Neill.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - the Gavins of Ballina [O'Malley].

Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 59. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 2; No. 263, p. 29. McNulty (Dance Music of Ireland), 1965; p. 19. O'Malley (Luke O'Malley's Collection of Irish Music, vol. 1), 1976; No.96, p. 48. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 88.

Recorded sources : - A & M Records 79602 2000-2, Ashley MacIssac - "Close to the Floor" (1992). Rounder CD7018, Frank Ferrel - "Boston Fiddle: The Dudley Street Tradition." Rounder Records , John L. MacDonald - "Formerly of Foot Cape Road: Scottish Fiddle Music in the Classic Inverness County Style" (2005).

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]

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  1. Paul de Grae, "Notes on Sources of Tunes in the O'Neill Collections", 2017 [3].
  2. ibid.