Maid in the Meadow (1)

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MAID IN THE MEADOW [1]. AKA and see "Copey's Jig," "Cossey's Jig," "Crags of Burren," "Jimmy O'Brien's Jig," "Greenfields of America (4) (The)," "Stone in the Field (The)." Irish, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The accompaniment to the 'A' part begins on the subdominant chord. The earliest printed version of the tune is as "Cossey's Jig" in Jackson's Celebrated Tunes (1774). O'Neill has it as "Jimmy O'Brien's Jig" and Frank Roche gives it as "Molly Brallaghan (1)." See also the reel-time setting of the tune called "Greenfields of America (1)" and "Molly Brallaghan (1)." The tune was popular and often recorded during the 78 RPM era, although not always under the "Maid in the Meadow" title, the most common name for the tune nowadays. Fiddler James "The Professor" Morrison recorded it in New York in 1922 under the title "Mist on the Meadow."

Source for notated version: flute player Cathal McConnell [Bulmer & Sharpley].

Printed sources: Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland), 1974, vol. 1, No. 61. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 252, p. 145. Mallinson (100 Enduring), 1995; No. 44, p. 19. Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, Book Two), 1999; p. 38.

Recorded sources: Lochshore CDLDL 1215, Craob Rua - "The More that's Said the Less the Better" (1992). Pathe 20550 (78 RPM), Tom Ennis (1920). Cathal McConnell - "Ulster's Flowery Vale." Paddy Glackin - "On Hidden Ground." Brian McGrath - "Dreaming Up the Tunes."

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's [1]
Hear piper Tom Ennis's 1920 recording at the Internet Archive [2]
Hear the tune played by Tommy Gunn (Fiddle), Cathal McConnell (Flute), Sean McAloon (Uilleann Pipes) at the Comhaltas Archive [3]

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