Munster Lass (2)

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X:1 T:Munster Lass [2], The. A Singal Dragg M:2/4 L:1/8 R:March S:The Buttery Manuscript (c. 1784-1820, No. 719) N:John Buttery (1784-1854) joined the 34th Regiment in Lincoln, N:Lincolnshire, England, in 1797 and served as a fifer until discharged in N:1814. His large ms. contains marches, duty calls, dance tunes and airs. N:EASMES identifies this as the Fife MS. and suggests a date of 1780, see N: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G g|f>de>c|d>BA>G|F>DD>F |A2A2| {g}f>de>c|A>Bc>A|G>EC>E|G2G:| |:c|Bcd G>B|A>FD>c|B/c/d G>B|A3c| B/c/d G>B|A>Bc>A|G>EC>E|G2G:| |:c|d>ef>g|a>fd>f|a>fd>f|a2a2| d>ef>g|a>fd>f|c>e^c>e|g2g:|

MUNSTER LASS [2], THE. English, March. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody is contained in the music copybook [1] of John Buttery (1784-1854), a fifer with British army's 37th (North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot (so designated in the army reorganization of 1782), who served from 1797-1814. Later in life Buttery emigrated to Canada, where he died. In his manuscript Buttery identifies the tune as "A Singal Dragg" (a 'single drag') which is a distinctive drum-roll. Buttery often entered popular or traditional tunes into his ms. as accompaniments to a variety of military music signals--retreat, reveille, troop, etc.--in which the signal is a distinctive drum-roll, with the melody being anything suitable to be played over it. Buttery's manuscript collection has also been identified as belonging to John Fife [1], with a suggested date of 1780. Fife was a family name, like Buttery, identified with the manuscript.

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