Miss McGuiness (3)

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MISS MCGUINESS [3]. AKA - "Miss McGuinnesses Bensons." AKA and see "Miss Parr," "Tinwhistle Reel (The)." Irish, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune is a cognate but distanced member of a tune family that includes "Dan Backus' Favorite," "Jim Coleman's (1)," "Liverpool Jack's," "Take your Choice," and "Terence's Ramble," several of which titles can be found in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (Boston, 1883). A version of the tune was entered into Book 2 of the large c. 1883 music manuscript collection of County Leitrim fiddler and piper Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894) (see "Reel (56)"). Two other versions (under the title "Miss McGuinnesses Bensons") are contained in the late 19th/early 20th century music manuscript collection in the possession of Rev. Luke Donnellan (1978-1952), a curate and fiddler from the Oriel region of south Ulster. The title "Miss Mac Guiness" was included in the tune list of piper Philip Goodman (c. 1831-1908), Carrickmacross, Ireland, who is variously described as "the last professional and traditional piper in Farney, Louth", and also recorded as having been from Donaghmoyne, County Monaghan (all of which are places from the same area, and contiguous to the Donnellan's Oriel region).

Gerry O'Connor gives the alternate title "Spence's Reel" for the tune.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - flute player and piper Tommy Hunt (b. 1908, Lissananny, Ballymote, County Sligo) [Flaherty]; Rev. Luke Donnellan music manuscript collection[1] [O'Connor].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (Ceol Rince na hÉireann vol. I), 1963; No. 121, p. 50. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 128. O'Connor (The Rose in the Gap), 2018; No. 92, p. 62.






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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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