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X:1 T:New Post Office [1], The M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:Reidy gave the key signature as one sharp; it should be one flat. S:Daniel Darby Kelleher, Castleisland, Co. Kerry S:P.D. Reidy music manuscript collection, London, 1890’s (No. 36) N:”Professor” Patrick Reidy of Castleisland was a dancing N:master engaged by the Gaelic League in London to teach N:dance classes. He introduced “Siege of Ennis” and “Walls N:of Limerick” ceili dances and wrote a treatise on dancing. N:Reidy's source, Daniel Kelleher, was variously said to have been N:from Castleisland, Sliabh Luachra region, County Kerry, or from N:the native-Irish speaking region of Achadh Bolg, Múscraigh, in N:County Cork. Reg Hall (2017) also found a reference to Kelleher N:as one of the soloists who accompanied step dancing exhibitions N:at Gaelic League events in London between 1897 and 1901. According N:to Hall, Kelleher was a young fiddle player active within the N:Gaelic League. His name is attached to thirteen tunes in Reidy’s N:collection. F: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Dmin (cF) F2 cAdB|cFFG (AG) G2|(cF) F2 cAdc|ABAG (FD) D2:| f2 (fg) a2 ag|fefg afde|fefg abag|fdec (Ad) d2| fefg abag|fefg afde|faef dfed|cAGc (AD) D2||

NEW POST OFFICE [1], THE (Oifig Nua an Phoist). AKA and see "Doolin's Reel," "Humors of Scartaglen," "Gleanntán Reel (4) (The)," "Scartaglen Reel (2) (The)," "Tom Billy's Reel (2)." Irish, Reel. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Treoir): ABC (Breathnach). Editor Jackie Small (CRÉ V, 1999) says the tune is heard in two versions: in two and three parts. Kerry fiddler Denis Murphy recorded both two and three part versions. A version, distanced from the "New Post Office" usually played nowadays, was entered into the c. 1890's music manuscript collection of "Professor" Patrick D. Reidy, sent to his correspondent Francis O'Neill in Chicago around 1902. Reidy was a dancing master originally from Castleisland, County Kerry, but resident in London in the last quarter of the 19th century and into the 20th, who was employed to teach Irish dancing at Gaelic League functions. His manuscript is a collection of thirty-nine tunes played by fiddlers who accompanied dancers at Gaelic League events.
Denis Murphy (1910-1974)
See also the similar "Doolin's Reel" from the mid-19th century music manuscripts of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - a radio broadcast recording from Kerry fiddler Denis Murphy [Breathnach, Beisswenger].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger (Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry), 2012; p. 68. Breathnach & Small (Ceol Rince na hÉireann vol. V), 1999; No. 146, p. 73.

Recorded sources : - RTÉ CD 183, "Denis Murphy-Music from Sliabh Luachra" (three part version. 1995, recorded in 1949, played with "Humors of Galtymore (The)" and "O'Keeffe's Dream). Shanachie 34002, Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford - "The Star Above the Garter" (two-part version-appears as "Tom Billy's", originally released on Claddagh CC5CD, 1969). <

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]

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