Maid in the Morning (The)

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MAID IN THE MORNING, THE. AKA - "Maids in the Morning (1)." Irish, Jig. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC (most versions): AABBCCDD (Mulhollan). A composition attributed by Glasgow musician James Aird in his 1803 collection to the famous 18th century gentleman uilleann piper Walker 'Piper' Jackson, of the townland of Lisduan, in the parish of Ballingarry, Limerick. The tune was first published by Samuel Lee in Dublin c. 1774 in Jackson's Celebrated Irish Tunes, a volume reprinted in 1790. O'Farrell gives the tune's provenance as "Irish." The tune was also entered into the music manuscripts of flute player Thomas Molyneaux, who entitled his c. 1788 copybook "Thos Molyneaux, Ensign - 6th Regnt." Molyneaux was stationed in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. It was also entered (as "Jackson's Maids in the Morning") in vol. 2 of the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman.

Source for notated version: copied from O'Farrell's Pocket Companion (1804-10) [O'Neill].

Printed sources: Aird (Aird's 6th and Last Volume of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), c. 1803; No. 133, p. 53. Smollett Holden (Collection of Old Established Irish Slow & Quick Tunes), 1805, p. 12. Mulhollan (Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1805; p. 49. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. II), c. 1806; p. 104. O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 149.

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