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MY MARY ANNE (Mo Maire-Anna). AKA - "My Maryanne," "My Mary Anne," "My Maryann," "My Marianne." AKA and see "Boys of Galway (The)," "Galway Reel (3) (The)." Irish, Reel. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AA'BB (Songer): AABB (O'Neill/Krassen). The tune was obtained by Capt. Francis O'Neill from Irish-American fiddler John McFadden, a musical contemporary living in Chicago. Paul de Grae believes the melody to be a reworking of "Boys of Galway (The)," which O'Neill himself sourced to McFadden's playing partner, uilleann piper Sergeant James Early. However, both tunes were preceded by a version called "Galway Reel (3) (The)," which can be found in the James Goodman collection and in R.M. Levey's Dance Music of Ireland.
Source for notated version: "McFadden" [O'Neill].
Printed sources: O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 94. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1194, p. 225. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 471, p. 91. Songer (Portland Collection vol. 1), 1997; p. 146. Taylor (Crossroads Dance), 1992; No. 24, p. 18.
Recorded sources: Green Linnet GLCD 1016, The Irish Tradition - "The Corner House" (1978. Paired with "The Corner House." Box player Billy McComiskey credited Galway flute player Jack Coen with popularizing the tune in New York, having found it in O'Neill's). Shaskeen - "My Love is in America." Shanachie SH-78010, Solas - "Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers" (1997). Kerry Elkin - "Soir et Matin" (1992).