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LITTLE KATIE KEARNEY ("Caitilin Beag Ni Cearnaig"). AKA and see "Alasdair MacAlister," "Canamine Highland," "Con Cassidy's Highland," "Lazy Dog (The)." Irish, Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AABB' (O'Neill/Krassen). See also the related "Tinker's Apron."

Source for notated version: Francis O'Neill learned the tune from an accomplished West Clare flute player (and Chicago police patrolman) named Patrick "Big Pat" O'Mahony, a man of prodigious physique of whom he said: "1/4the 'swing' of his execution was perfect, but instead of 'beating time' with his foot on the floor like most musicians he was never so much at ease as when seated in a chair tilted back against a wall, while both feet swung rhythmically like a double pendulum" [O'Neill, Irish Folk Music].

Printed sources: O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 158. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1537, p. 284. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 753, p. 131.

Recorded sources:

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

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