Milltown Lasses (The)

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X: 1 T:Milltown Lasses (reel), The F:file ID: cre.5/131mill_L B:CRE5.150 (Gearrchailíhaile an Mhuilinn) M:4/4 Q:180 R:reel K:D FEEG FDDE|FEEG FAdA|FEEG FDDE|FABc dBAG| FEEG FDDE|FEEG FAdA|FEEG FDDE|FABc dcBA|| Beef e2ed|Beef gefd|Beef e2ed|BABc dAFD| Beef e2ed|Beef gefa|gefa gefd|Bdce dBAG|] % P:source version in C K:C EDDF ECCD|EDDF EGcG|EDDF ECCD|EGAB cAGF| EDDF ECCD|EDDF EGcG|EDDF ECCD|EGAB cBAG|| Adde d2dc|Adde fdec|Adde d2dc|AGAB cGEC| Adde d2dc|Adde fdeg|fdeg fdec|AcBd cAGF|]



MILLTOWN LASSES, THE (Gearrchailí Bhaile an Mhuilinn). AKA and see "Atheal Broes (The)," "Drake's Neck (The)," "Muineál an bhardail." Irish, Reel. D Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tonality shifts between major and dorian (with a tonic a step below the major key). County Leitrim fiddler and piper Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894) entered a version of the reel in Book 2 of his large c. 1883 music manuscript collection under the title "Atheal Broes (The)." "The Milltown Lasses" is also contained in the late 19th/early 20 century music manuscript collection of Oriel region, south Ulster, curate and fiddler Rev. Luke Donnellan (1878-1952). Donnellan's first strain is cognate (but distanced) with the first strain in the Gunn and Grier manuscripts, however, the second strains differ. Gunn and Grier's second strains are cognate, but not exact.

Compare "Milltown Lasses" with the "Callaghan's Reel (1)"/"Doon Reel (1) (The)" tune family.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "From a manuscript written by John and Tommy Gunn in County Fermanagh at the end of the 19th century" [Breathnach]; Rev. Luke Donnellan music manuscript collection [O'Connor].

Printed sources : - Breathnach & Small (Ceol Rince na hÉireann vol. V), 1999; No. 150, p. 75. O'Connor (The Rose in the Gap), 2018; No. 110, p. 69.






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