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LITTLE JUDY. AKA and see "Green Mountain (2)," "Haymaker Reel (1) (The)," "Indy's Favorite," "Judy's Reel," "Maid Behind the Bar (1) (The)." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Button-accordionist Joe Derrane learned the tune by this title from Boston musicians in the 1940's. The tune appears in D/C# button accordion player Jerry O'Brien's accordion tutor, and since O'Brien was Derrane's mentor it is likely they either both learned it (or the title) from the same sources, or Derrane learned it from O'Brien. O'Brien was originally from County Cork, and recorded the tune in New York in 1928, playing the one-row melodeon. Elias Howe, a Boston publisher, included the melody as "Little Judy's Reel" in his c. 1867 1000 Jigs and Reels, identifying it as an 8-Hand Reel with the alternate title "Married Behind the Bar." Howe also includes dance instructions below the melody. O'Neill printed the melody as "Green Mountain (2)," and it was recorded in the 78 RPM era as "The Haymaker." c.f. the tune under the titles "Judy's Reel" and "Indy's Reel", both from Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883), a later publication of the Howe firm.

Source for notated version: R.P. Christeson, generally known as an American old-time music collector, learned the melody from Philadelphia, Pa., Irish fiddlers who attended the Lenape old fiddlers' reunions in the 1960's [Christeson].

Printed sources: Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 32. O'Brien (Jerry O'Brien's Accordion Instructor), Boston, 1949. R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddler's Repertory, vol. 2), 1984; No. 91, p. 59.

Recorded sources: Green Linnett SIF 1149, Joe Derrane - "Give Us Another."

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [3]




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