Munster Lass (1)
X:1 T:Munster Lass , The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:James Goodman (1828─1896) music manuscript collection, S:vol. 3, p. 146. Mid-19th century, County Cork Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D DFA d2e|fef d2B|DFA dcB|AGF E2F| DFA d2e|fef d2e|fef d2B|AGF E2G:| |:A2F FEF|ABc dcB|A2F FEF|AGF E2F| |1 A2F FEF|ABc d2e|fef d2B|AGF E2F:| |2 A2A B2B|c2c d2e|fef d2B|AGF E3||
MUNSTER LASS , THE (An Cailin Mumaineac). AKA - "Munster Lasses (2) (The)." Irish, Jig or March (6/8 time). E Flat Major (Galwey): F Major (McGuire, Ryan): D Major (Goodman, Kennedy). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Galwey): AABB (most versions): AABBCCDDEEFF (Kennedy). "The Munster Lass" appears twice in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection (vol. 3, p. 146; vol. 4, p. 20) of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman. Peter Kennedy's version is a rather elaborate six-part tune, the first and fifth strains of which correspond to the tune usually played in two parts. See also the related "Seán-Tiobraid Árann/Seán Tiobrad Árann and "Old Tipperary," and compare with O'Neill's "Munster Bacon."
According to Seán Donnelly, the tune "may have been named after a successful racehorseof the 1750's belonging to Sir Edward O'Brien of Dromoland Castle, who built Newmarket-on-Fergus on his estate, naming it after the famous race-course in England."
- Seán Donnelly, "A German Dulcimer Player in Eighteenth-Century Dublin", Dublin Historical Record Vol. 53, No. 1 (Spring, 2000), p. 81.