Mist on the Meadow (1) (The)

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X:1 T:Mist on the Meadow [1], The N:Castlebar Races M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig K:G d|gdB BAB|GBA GBd|gdB BAB|GBd e2d| gdB BAB|GBA GBd|gfe fdB|ABd e2:| |:d|g3 bag|f3 afd|g3 bag|afd e2d| g3 bag|f3 afd|gfe fdB|ABd e2:|



MIST ON THE MEADOW [1], THE. AKA – “The Mist in the Meadow.” AKA and see "Black Hoe (The)," “Castlebar Boy (The),” “Castlebar Jig (The),” “Castlebar Races,” "Mist in the Glen," "Scotsman Over the Border,” “Thrush in the Straw (1) (The)." Irish, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Carlin, Flaherty): AABB (Tubridy). There is a confusion of titles with this jig and its partner owing to a medley recorded by County Sligo/New York musician James Morrison (fiddler) (1893-1947). Morrison recorded "Mist in the Meadow" paired with "Castlebar Races" in New York in 1922 (OKeh 21009). As often happens, both tunes in the influential medley became known as "Mist in the Meadow". The present tune, however, is correctly called "Castlebar Races," with "Mist in the Meadow" being a misnomer. Probably influenced by Morrison's recording, the Lough Gill Quartet [1] continued the misnomer, and recorded the jig under the title “Mist on the Meadow” on a 78 RPM in Dublin in 1941.

Cape Breton fiddlers call the tune "Black Hoe (The)." See also related tunes "Carraroe Jig (The)” and “Morrison's Fancy" (O’Neill, Waifs and Strays, 1922, No. 197).


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - flute player Sonny McDonagh (b. 1926, Rinnarogue, Bunninadden, Co.) [Flaherty].

Printed sources : - Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 255, p. 146. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 122. Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, Book Two), 1999; p. 34.

Recorded sources : - HMV IM949 (78 RPM), Lough Gill Quartet (1941). OKeh 21009 (78 RPM), James Morrison (1922). Topic TSCD 602, Lough Gill Quartet – “Irish Dance Music” (1995. A reissue of the 1941 original).

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



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  1. Named after a lake in County Sligo, and in tribute to Sligo/New York fiddler Michael Coleman