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MORNING DEW [1], THE (Giorria sa bhFraoch). AKA and see "Hare Among the Heather (The)," "Hare in the Heather (The)." Irish, Reel. E Dorian (Em). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC (Breathnach, Miller, O'Malley): AABC (Mallinson, Taylor): AA'BC (Feldman & O'Doherty): ABCC (Brody): AABBCC (McNulty). "Morning Dew [1]" has been one of the more popular reels in recent decades, although the title seems a relatively modern appellation. It was printed by James Kerr in Scotland as "Hare Among the Heather (The)" in the 1880's, and it was recorded under that title by Margret Barry and County Sligo fiddler Michael Gorman in 1956. A portion of the tune was used by Chieftains piper Paddy Moloney for his first film score, Ireland Moving. Accordion player Luke O'Malley's printed version starts with the part that usually appears as the 3rd part in most other versions, perhaps in imitation of that arrangement of tune strains on the historic 1959 recording by County Clare fiddlers Paddy Canny and P.J. Hayes ("All-Ireland Champions", reissued in 2001 as "An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music from County Clare and East Galway"). Kerr's version also starts on another part. See also "Morrison's Jig (1)" for a related 6/8 time setting of the melody.

Source for notated version: piper Maitiu Mac Tighearnain (Ireland) [Breathnach]; Chieftains (Ireland) [Brody]; fiddlers Francie and Mickey Byrne (County Donegal) [Feldman & O'Doherty]; New York fiddler John McGrath (1900–1955, originally from County Mayo) [O'Malley].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ 1), 1963; No. 198, p. 77. Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 196. Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland, vol. 1), 1974; No. 21. Feldman & O'Doherty (The Northern Fiddler), 1979; p. 166. Jordan (Whistle and Sing!), 1975; p. 38. Lyth (Bowing Styles in Irish Fiddle Playing, vol. 1), 1981; pp. 31–32. Mallinson (100 Essential), 1995; No. 54, p. 24. McNulty (Dance Music of Ireland), 1965; p. 12. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 1977; vol. 1, No. 37. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 2nd Edition, 2006; p. 89. O'Malley (Luke O'Malley's Collection of Irish Music), 1976; No. 11, p. 6. Peoples (50 Irish Fiddle Tunes), 1986; p. 16. Taylor (Through the Half-Door), 1992; No. 12, p. 10.

Recorded sources: Claddagh CC14, Chieftains – "Chieftains 4" (1974). Gael-Linn CEF060, "Paddy Glackin." Green Linnet SIF-1110, James Kelly – "My Love is in America: The Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival" (1991). Green Linnet GLCD 1119, Cherish the Ladies – "The Back Door" (1992. Joe Cooley's version learned by Joanie Madden via Patricia Kennedy). Green Linnet GLCD 1128, Brendan Mulvihill & Donna Long – "The Morning Dew" (1993). Green Linnet GLCD 1181, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill – "The Lonesome Touch" (1997). IRC Records, Michael Coleman – "The Musical Glory of Old Sligo." Island ILPS 9501, "The Chieftains Live" (1977). Mooncrest Pegasus 9, Steeleye Span – "Ten Man Mop." Rounder 1087, Eleanor Kane/Neary – "From Galway to Dublin: Early Irish Traditional Music" (1992. A reissue of the 1935 original). Shanachie 29002, "Kathleen Collins." Shanachie 33006, Michael Coleman – "The Classic Recordings of Michael Coleman." Shanachie 78030, Danú – "Think Before You Think" (2000. Learned from the playing of Noel Hill and Tony McMahon). Shanachie 79024, "Chieftians 4" (1974/1983). Shaskeen – "The Joys of Life."

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [3] [4]




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