London Lasses (1)
X:1 T:London Lasses  M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel K:G G2 BG dGBd | eaag eg g2 | G2 BG dGBd | egdB AGED | G2 BG dGBd | eaag egga | bgag eaaf | gedB AGED :| |: gfgd edBe | dGBG BGBd | g2 ag efge | dBGB AGED | g2 ag efge | dBAB dega | bgag eaaf | gedB AGEF :|]
LONDON LASSES  ("Cailinide/Cailíní Lungduin" or "Cailíní Londan"). AKA - "London Lassies." AKA and see "Bird in the Cage," "Gardiner's Favourite (2)," "John McKenna's (1)," "Maid in the Rushes (The)," "Streams in the Valley," "Turnpike Gate (2) (The)." Irish, Canadian; Reel. Canada, Cape Breton. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Dunlay & Reich, O'Neill): AABB (Dunlay & Greenberg, Tubridy): AA'BB' (Cranford, Harker/Rafferty). A popular reel in among both Irish and Cape Breton musicians, frequently recorded. In the 78 RPM era it was recorded by piper Patsy Tuohy, and flute player Joe McKenna (the latter called it "Streams in the Valley"). The reel was issued under the title "Cavan Lasses" by Johnny McGreevy and Pat McGovern in November, 1935. "London Lasses (1)" is also related to the tune family that includes "Farewell to Erin (1)" and "Maid in the Cherry Tree (2) (The)". It was recorded twice under the the latter title first by piper Mullaney with fiddler Paddy Stack (1920's), and some two decades later by fluter Frank Neylon & fiddler Paddy Cronin in 1950.
The Cape Breton setting was popularized by the late Donald Angus Beaton, however it is clear from the transcriptions of his settings that he played the tune with parts in reverse order from those printed in O'Neill's Music of Ireland (1903). Dunlay and Greenberg (1996) note that Cape Breton fiddler John Campbell also played the tune with parts reversed from O'Neill's. There is another setting in Breathnach's CRÉ II, No. 170. "London Lasses" is often paired in a medley with "Galway Rambler (The)," perhaps in imitation of the 1937 recording by the Aughrim Slopes Ceili Band in Dublin. The "Flying Column (2) (The)" tune family has similarities to this melody. Collector Frank Roche included incorporated "London Lasses (1)" in his long dance "Walls of Limerick (3) (The), where it is the opening melody.