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LOVE AT THE ENDINGS. AKA – "Head of Cabbage (The)." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Composed by County Cavan/Philadelphia composer and fiddler Ed Reavy (1898–1988), and one of his more enduring compositions. Ed's son Joe Reavy alludes to O'Casey's Purple Dust, in which O'Killigan speaks in an effort to woo Avril away from ther British lord and move with him to the west of Ireland. He suggests they'll find "things to say and things to do, and love at the endings."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Reavy (The Music of Corktown); p. 20. Reavy (The Collected Compositions of Ed Reavy), No. 12, p. 12. Taylor (Through the Half-Door), 1992; No. 32, p. 23.

Recorded sources: Folkways 8876, Kevin Burke – "Sweeney's Dream" (1977). Ossian Publications OSS-18, Kevin Burke – "Sweeney's Dream." Outlet SOLP 1033, Josephine Keegan – "Irish Traditional Music" (1977). Shanachie SHA 79018, De Danann – "Star Spangled Molly" (appears as "The Head of Cabbage"—see note for that tune for an explanation). Shaskeen – "Atlantic Breeze."

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]
Hear fiddler Louie Quinn and Ed Reavy play the tune at the Comhaltas Archive [3]
Hear flute players Cormac O'Connell and Patsy Hanly play the reel at the Comhaltas Archive [4]




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