Miss Johnson (2)

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MISS JOHNSON [2] (Inion Mhic Eoin). AKA and see “Miss Johnston (1)," “Cow that Ate the Blanket (2),” "Muster Bank (The)," "Mountainy Man (The)," "Rock the Cradle," "Youghal Quay." Irish, Reel (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Breathnach): AAB (Kennedy). Originally Scottish. The strains in various versions are shuffled from one another, so that one starts with one strain and another with a different strain. As “Miss Johnson of Houghton Hall” it is in Goulding & Co.’s Select Collection of Country Dances for the Pianoforte (c. 1807). A version was entered into vol. 2 of the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman. Breathnach (1976) finds a related reel in “Humors of Priesthouse.” “It was called ‘Mountainy Man (The)’ by Pádraig O’Loughlin, Miltown Malbay, County Clare,” he says. Versions of this tune seem to vary greatly musically, as does the variety of spellings and iterations of the title.

Source for notated version: whistle player Des O'Conner (Ballinasloe, Ireland) [Breathnach].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 188, pp. 98 99. Kennedy (Traditional Dance Music of Britain and Ireland: Reels and Rants), 1997; No. 134, p. 32. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 626.

Recorded sources: See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]




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