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MOLLY ON THE SHORE [1]. AKA - "Moggy on the Shore." AKA and see "Mossy Banks (2) (The)." Irish, Reel. Ireland, County Cork. E minor/dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABC. Violinist Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) once recorded a setting of this popular tune, probably based on a 1911 setting of Petrie's tune by Australian pianist, composer and folk music collector Percy Grainger (1882-1961) printed in an early 20th century edition of the Journal of the Folk Song Society. [Muses Joel Shimberg: "I've never heard another fiddler other than a young Brendan Mulvihill, play it...I'm pretty sure {his was} the Grainger version"]. Grainger's "Molly on the Shore" is based on two reels he found in Charles Stanford Villiers's The Complete Petrie Collection of Irish Music, found next to each other on the page, called "Temple Hill" and "Molly on the Shore." Grainger combined "Molly on the Shore" with another reel from the Petrie collection, "Temple Hill" (a pairing duplicated by Mulvhill on his band The Irish Tradition's album "The Corner House"). Grainger made the first setting of the melodies an arrangement for string quartet in 1907 as a birthday gift for his mother, but re-arranged it for orchestra in 1914 and later for piano and band. Violinist Kreisler was an acquantance of Sligo fiddle master Michael Coleman and Donegal fiddler Hugh Gillespie. Notes in the album booklet "Michael Coleman 1891-1945" record that Gillespie recounted an impromptu session that Kreisler did with the two Irish fiddlers in a rehersal room at WHOM, a New York City radio station. Kreisler accompanied the melody playing of the two with double stops on the lower strings, which Gillespie thought was far better than the pianos or guitars that were their usual accompaniment. Fiddler Séamus Connolly (2002) remarks that the "Molly on the Shore" in his book is actually a composite of two reels from County Cork. The first reel, in three parts, comes from the playing of piper Leo Rowsome, whose own version included a two-part tune called "Temple Hill" with a third part taken from "Molly on the Shore." A three-part version of the reel was entered as "Moggy on the Shore" into Book 2 of the large c. 1883 music manuscript collection of County Leitrim fiddler and piper biography:Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894), and corresponds to the three-parts of Petrie's version. Grier researchers Fr. John Quinn and Conor Ward find the first two strains of Grier's version related to "Maggie Pickens" and "Whistle o'er."

See also Sligo-born fiddler Michael Coleman's version, recorded in around 1924 under the title "Crooked Road to Dublin (The)" which is similar in the first strain. See also the Scottish reel "My Ain Kind Dearie" which may be a cognate tune (the similarity, again, is more noticible in the first strain).

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "A Cork reel. From P. Carew's MSS"--Researcher Nicholas Carolan of the Irish Traditional Music Archive records that P. Carew (or, as collector William Forde gave his name, 'Paddy Carey') was a musically literate professional uilleann piper living in Lag Lane, St Finbarre’s parish, Cork, in the mid-1840's. The area, notes Carolan, was near a military barracks, and was the location of shebeens (illicit bars) and brothels, notorious for poverty and crime. A number of harper Turlough O'Carolan's compositions were in his repertoire, and were the object of collectors. [Stanford/Petrie]; banjo player Tommy Finn (b. 1964, Barlow, Ballymote) [Flaherty]; piper Leo Rowsome [Connolly & Martin].

Printed sources : - Connolly & Martin (Forget Me Not), 2002; pp. 74-75. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 47 (appears as "Unknown"). Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 902, p. 228.

Recorded sources : - Green Linnet SIF 1016, Irish Tradition - "Corner House" (1978). Richard Greene - "Molly on the Shore."

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's [1]
Hear Percy Grainger's quartet arrangement at the Virtual Gramophone [2]

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