Maid of Kildare

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MAID OF KILDARE. AKA - "Ah Gee," "Oh gee!" Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Sourced to a 1920 recording of American accordion player John J. Kimmel (1866-1942), who recorded it as the first tune in a medley called "Oh Gee Medley Reels" (followed by "Maid Behind the Bar (1) (The)"). The title "Maid of Kildare" was also used for other pieces of music: there is a c. 1940 field recording of Beaver Island, Michigan, Irish-style fiddler Patrick Bonner playing a reel called "Maid of Kildare" (perhaps a version of "Limerick Lasses (1)"), and a song called "Maid of Kildare" was composed by George Alexander Lee (1802-1851), a London singer, conductor, composer, and, for a time, music-seller.

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Recorded sources: Edison 50870 (78 RPM), John J. Kimmel (1866-1942, accordionist from N.Y.C.), 1920 {appears in "Oh Gee Medley Reels"}. Edison Blue Amberol 3985 (Cylinder), John J. Kimmel (1920, "Oh Gee Medley Reels"). Library of Congress AFS L62, Patrick Bonner - "American Fiddle Tunes" (1971. Various artists).

See also listing at:
Hear John Kimmel's 1920 recording on youtube.com [1]
Hear Kimmel's 1920 recording at the Cylinder Preservation Project [2] ("Oh gee!" followed by "Maid Behind the Bar (1) (The)")




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