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MY LOVE IS IN AMERICA [1] ("Tá Mo Gradsa Ann America," "Tá mo Ghrá I Meiriceá," "Tá Mo Muirnin in America" or "I Meiriceá atá mo Ghrá-sa"). AKA and see "Dandy Apron," "Jenny Hind's Reel," "Jenny Lind's Reel," "My Love in the Bronx." Irish, Reel. D Major (Allan, Cole, Kerr, Roche): D Mixolydian (O'Neill): D Mixolydian {'A' part} & D Major {'B' part} (Breathnach, Harker/Rafferty, Mitchell, Taylor). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (McDermott, Mitchell, O'Neill, Roche): AAB (Kerr): AABB (Breathnach, Cole, Taylor): AA'BB' (Harker/Rafferty). The earliest printing of this very popular reel appears to be in Levey's Dance Music of Ireland, 2nd Collection (1873), wherein it is set as a hornpipe. Similar melodies are the "Collier's Reel (The)" and the jig "Do You Want Anymore." Neil Mulligan remarks that American musicians in the early 20th century called the reel "My Love is on the Ocean." O'Sullivan (1983) notes a curious relationship with another reel called "The Dunmore Lasses;" they are nearly mirror images of each other, save one is transposed down one step though in the same key signature. The tune is popular among uilleann pipers who like to slide up to the beginning f sharp note. A County Donegal version, recorded by Paul O'Shaughnessy ("Within a Mile of Dublin"), has the first part in the Dorian mode (and sounds, but is not, slightly irregular).

Mid-19th century County Cork cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman included a tune in his manuscripts called "My Love is in America," but it is an unrelated variant of the large tune family that includes "Corney is Coming," "Bride to Bed," "My Love is in the House (1)," "Six Mile Bridge," "Crawford's Reel (1)," "Kelly's Reel," "Miss Wilson," "Barrack Street Boys," "I Saw Her," "Cheese It," "Shannon Breeze (2)," "Merry Bits of Timber," "Knit the Pocky," "British Naggon." "My Home is in America," collected by the Rev. Luke Donnellan in South County Armagh in the early years of the 20th century is a very distanced version of "My Love is in America." London dancing master Patrick D. Reidy, originally from Castleisland, Co. Kerry, included it in his c. 1890's music manuscript collection [1], sent to his correspondent Capt. Francis O'Neill in America.

Sources for notated versions: piper Seamus Ennis, 1959 (Dublin, Ireland) [Breathnach]; piper Willie Clancy (1918-1973, Miltown Malbay, west Clare) [Mitchell]; accordionist and set dancer Mike Butler (Ennis, County Clare) [Taylor/Tweed]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 271, p. 140. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 10. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 136, p. 41. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1875; No. 10, p. 35. Levey (The Dance Music of Ireland, 2nd Collection), 1873; No. 14, p. 6. McDermott (Allan's Irish Fiddler), c. 1920’s; No. 48, p. 12. Mitchell (Dance Music of Willie Clancy), 1993; No. 83, pp. 76-77. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 119. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1327, p. 248. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 586, p. 107. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 1), 1912; No. 160, p. 63. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 32. Taylor (Crossroads Dance), 1992; No. 22, p. 17. Taylor (Traditional Irish Music: Karen Tweed's Irish Choice), 1994; p. 14. White's Unique Collection, 1896; No. 47, p. 9.

Recorded sources: Bellbridge Records, Bobby Casey - "Casey in the Cowhouse" (1992. Originally recorded 1959). CCE Néillidh Mulligan - "The Leitrim Thrush." Claddagh 4CC 32, Willie Clancy - "The Pipering of Willie Clancy, vol. 1" (1980). DMPCD 9401, Karen Tweed - "Drops of Springwater" (1994). Gael-Linn CEF 045, "Paddy Keenan" (1975). Green Linnet SIF-1110, "My Love is in America: The Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival" (1991). Shaskeen - "My Love is in America." Green Linnett GLCD 1181, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill - "The Lonesome Touch" (1997).

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [3]




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