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X:1 T:Maid at the Well M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:O'Neill - Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 24 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G A|GED DED|GEG c2e|dcB AGA|BAG E2A| GED DED|BdB c2e|dcB AGA|BGG G2:| |:d|gdd edd|gdB c2e|dcB AGA|BAG E2d| gdd edd|gdB c2e|dcB AGA|BGG G2:|]



MAID AT THE WELL (An og-bean air an tobair). AKA and see "Arthur McBride (1)," "Black Stripper (The)," "Blackthorn Stick (5) (The)," "Castle Street Jig," "Hawk from Dundalk (The)," "Jig of Clonmore (The)," "Kilkenny Jig (2) (The)," "Maide Draighin (An)," "Maids of Glenroe (The)," "Milkmaid (2) (The)," "Mullagh Jig (The)," "Pat Curtins Jig," "Silver Tip (2) (The)." Irish, Double Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AABB' (O'Neill/1915). The tune was dictated by Francis O'Neill, although he said he did not recall where he had learned it [1]. A version of the tune was entered as an untitled jig in Book 3 of the large c. 1883 music manuscript collection of County Leitrim piper and fiddler Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894), and County Cork cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman entered a variant as "Black Stripper (The)" in his large mid-19th century music manuscript collection. Collector George Petrie also has a version as an untitled tune (see Stanford/Petrie, 1905, No. 971). O'Neill also printed a variant in his Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922) under the title "Milkmaid (2) (The)." See also the related "Milkmaid (5) (The)" and "Blackthorn Stick (The)."


Additional notes



Printed sources : - O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 159, p. 89. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 24, p. 20. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 724, p. 135. Vallely (Companion to Irish Traditional Music), 1999; p. 92 (as "The Blackthorn Stick").

Recorded sources : - Kells Music KM 9505, Tommy Keane & Jaqueline McCarthy – "Wind Among the Reeds."

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
See also the tune in the Dunn Family manuscript collection [3]



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  1. Paul de Grae, "Notes on Sources of Tunes in the O'Neill Collections", 2017