Maid of Holywell (The)

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MAID OF HOL(L)YWELL, THE (Gearrchaile an Tobair Bheannaithe). AKA - "Maid of Holyhead (The)." AKA and see "Lord Dalhousie." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The reel was recorded by the Kilfenora Céilí Band in 1958. It appears in Martin Mulvhiill's collection (1986) as "Maid of Holyhead". Researcher Conor Ward finds the tune to be a version, with parts reversed of "Lord Dalhousie," actually a composition of fiddler, bandleader, composer and music publisher Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831) as "Earl of Dalhousie's Reel (2)."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ V), 1999; No. 200, p. 95. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 209, p. 56 (as "Maid of Holyhead"). Treoir, vol. 3, No. 1; p. 14.

Recorded sources: Gael-Linn CEFCD 165, Máire O'Keeffe - "Cóisir/House Party."

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Hear Connie Connell & Denis Mac Mahon play the tune on youtube.com [2]




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