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X:1 T:Miss Dunbar M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B:Stephen Grier music manuscript collection (Book 2, c. 1883, No. 25, p. 5) B: http://grier.itma.ie/book-two#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=4&z=351.1926%2C322.1745%2C2035.1124%2C711.9166 N:Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894) was a piper and fiddler from N:Newpark, Bohey, Gortletteragh, south Co. Leitrim. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F F3d cFAF|cFAF GFDE|F3d cFAc|fgaf de f2:| cdfg agfc|dBcA GF D2|cdfg agfc|fg/a/ fd cd f2| ccfg agfc|dBcA GF D2|cdfg aa/a/ af|gg/g/ gf de f2||



MISS DUNBAR. AKA - "Lady Dunbar's Reel." Irish, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Miss Dunbar" can be found in the large 1883 music manuscript collection of County Leitrim musician Stephen Grier. The tune, under the title "Lady Dunbar's Reel" is also contained in the music manuscript collection of curate and fiddler Rev. Luke Donnellan (1878-1952), Oriel region, south Ulster[1]


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - The Stephen Grier manuscript (1883, Bohey, Gortletteragh, County Leitrim) via the McNamara Family (County Leitrim) [Treoir].

Printed sources : - Treoir, vol. 33, No. 4, 2001; p. 28a.

Recorded sources : - Coleman Music Center CHC 009, fiddlers Jim Rawl & Jimmy McKiernan – “The Coleman Archive, vol. 2: The Home Place” (2005. Various artists). Drumlin Records, MacNamara Family – “Leitrim’s Hidden Treasure” (1999).




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  1. Donnellan researcher Gerry O'Connor came to believe the ms. is not the work of the curate but rather was originally compiled by an unknown but able fiddler over the course of a playing lifetime, probably in the late 19th century. The ms. later came into the possession of Donnellan, who was also a fiddler.
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