Molly St. George

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X:1 T:Molly St. George S:J. & W. Neal, 'A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes' N:Dublin, c 1724 Q:1/4=80 L:1/4 M:3/4 K:G (d/4e/4f/)|gfe|d(e/d/)(c/B/)|cBA3/4G/4|E2B/d/|e(g/e/)(d/B/)| AB/4c/4d/ D|E(G/4A/4B/) A/G/|G2::(D/E/)|G/A/B (A/4B/4c/)| B(c/B/)(A/G/)|(c/B/c/d/) e/f/|g2e/g/|ab/a/g/e/|de/d/c/B/| cd/c/B/c/|A2(B/A/4B/4)|c/B/c/d/ e/f/|g2(f/e/)|(d/g/)(d/B/)(A/G/)| E2B/d/|e(g/e/)(d/B/)|A(B/4c/4d/)D|E (G/A/4B/4) A/G/|G2|]



MOLLY ST. GEORGE. AKA and see "Bride of Malahide (The)." Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB (Bunting, Clinton, Haverty, Wright): AABB (Thompson): AABBCCDD. One of the supposed seven or eight hundred tunes composed by the ancient harper Thomas O'Connellan (c. 1640/164 –1698) (for whom see note for "Breach of Aughrim (The)"). "Molly St. George," along with "Molly MacAlpin" and "Eileen Aroon (1)" (by Cearbhall O'Dalaigh), comprise the three earliest Irish harp tunes with extant lyrics. The melody was included in several of the most important collections throughout the 18th century. Fr. John Quinn finds a version of the melody as the vehicle for "Bride of Malahide (The)" (an air printed in Francis O'Neill's Music of Ireland, 1903, for one), which is the name of a ballad by Limerick-born writer and playwright Gerald Griffin (1803-1840).

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Bunting (Ancient Music of Ireland), 1796; No. 12, p. 7. Clinton (Gems of Ireland), 1841; No. 107, p. 54. P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs, vol. 2), 1858; No. 169, p. 77. Neal (A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes), 1724, p. 24 ([1]). Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson (The Hibernian Muse), London, 1787; No. 49, p. 30. Thumoth (12 English and 12 Irish Airs), c. 1746; No. 3, pp. 30–31. Daniel Wright (Aria di Camera), London, 1727; No. 46.

Recorded sources: -Randall Bays – "The Salmon's Leap."

See also listing at:
Hear the tune played on button accordion on youtube.com [2]



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