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McGREAVY'S (JIG). AKA and see "Eddie Kelly's Jig (1)," "Martin Talty's Jig," "Meelick Team (The)." Irish, Jig. E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The jig appears as “Martin Talty’s Jig” on Bernard O’Sullivan & Tommy McMahon's 1974 album "Clare Concertinas" (Topic Records 12TFRS502). The jig has been attributed to Talty, a piper, whistle and flute player from Glendine, County Clare, and friend and sometime playing partner with Miltown Malbay piper Willie Clancy. Peter Laban [1] tells the story of the first meeting between the two:

Martin Talty (1920-1983)

He [Talty] was sitting in the classroom in primary school. The teacher had left the room and Martin was trying out a little polka on the whistle. After going over the first part a voice behind him suddenly said "I think it goes actually like this," followed by the correct phrase on the whistle. This was Willie and the two became lifelong friends.

However, a stronger claim for the tune's composition belongs to East Galway flute player Eddie Kelly, who composed it as "Meelick Team (The)."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddler Jimmy McHugh [Bulmer & Sharpley].

Printed sources : - Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland, vol. 4), 1976; No. 57.

Recorded sources : - Front Hall Records 018, How to Change a Flat Tire - "Traditional Music of Ireland & Shetland" (). Topic TSDL1502, Bernard O'Sullivan & Tommy McMahon - "Clare Concertinas" (originally recorded 1975. Appears as "Martin Talty's").




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