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MADAM CASSEY. AKA and see "Mrs. Casey." Scottish, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. The Gow's print the tune in their 1788 2nd Collection in a section of country dances fashionable in Edinburgh 1787-88. The late Bruce Olson believed the title was a corruption of "Mrs. Casey" or "Landlady Casey," from the title of a song by Dublin farce-writer John O'Keefe (1746-1833) in his play Fontainebleu (1783). It was sung by the famous actress and singer Mrs. Kennedy (d. 1793, born Farrell), who played the role of Mrs. Casey, proprietress of the inn called the British Lion at Fontainebleau. The song was reprinted in Calliope (London and Edinburgh, 1788).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Gow (Second Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 1788; p. 35 (3rd ed.).

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