Miss Carbery's Reel

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MISS CARBERY'S REEL. AKA and see "Lady Carbury," “Mason's Apron (The)," "Mason Laddie (The).” English, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A version of the famous “Mason's Apron (The).” P.W. Joyce, in Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (p. 164), gives the tune in a quite different setting called "Lady Carbury." A setting similar to that in the William Litten manuscript can be found in the 1840 music manuscript collection of Cumbrian fiddler John Rook of Waverton (p. 18).

Source for notated version: William Litten, who compiled his music manuscript collection c. 1800-1802, apparently while serving as a ship's fiddler with the British East India fleet (he served on the HMS Gorgon on the return voyage, 1802). The ms. came into the possession of Allen Coffin (b. 1788), of Martha's Vineyard island, Massachusetts, who brought it home with him when he returned. [Huntington]

Printed sources: Huntington (William Litten's Tune Book), 1977; p. 12.

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