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MOLLY McCARTHY (Maire Ni Mic Cartaig). AKA - "Mollie McCarthy." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AABB' (O'Neill/Krassen).

The Irish Music Club, c. 1903. James Kennedy is in the top row, extreme right.

Source for notated version: "Kennedy" [O'Neill]. The tune was contributed by Chicago park policeman and fiddler James Kennedy, born in Ireland the early 1860's. O'Neill described his playing as "sweet and expressive, as far as time and tone are concerned" [Irish Minstrels and Musicians, p. 368]. In a 1906 letter to Alfred Percival Graves in 1906 (printed in "A Few Gossipy Notes" in the Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society, London, O'Neill wrote: "James and [sister] Ellen Kennedy, Ballinamore, Leitrim, fine violinists: father a noted player, said to be the best in the country--James is remarkable for his smooth, round tones, and the entire absence of scratching of bow."

Printed sources: O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 153. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1507, p. 279. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 726, p. 127.

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