Newport Lass (The)

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NEWPORT LASS, THE (Gearrchaile Bhaile Uí bhFiacháin). AKA - "Newport Lasses." AKA and see "O'Brien's Fancy," "Trip to Athlone (The)/"Trip to Athlone (A)." Irish, Double Jig. D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Breathnach): AA'BB' (Taylor). Newport is in County Mayo. The tune is a mixed mode piece, shading from major to mixolydian in different parts and versions. East Clare fiddlers Paddy Canny and P.J. Hayes recorded the jig for Dublin records in 1959, however, it had earlier been recorded by The Rosaleen Quartet (flute player Eddie Meehan and Leitrim flute player John McKenna, with fiddler Larry Recdican and an unknown piano player) in New York in 1937 (paired with "Hag with the Money (The)" and released on a Decca Records 78), and the Lough Gill Quartet (Sonny Brogan and Bill Harte on accordion, Sarah Hobbs on fiddle and James Cawley on flute) in Dublin around 1941 (paired with "Leitrim Jig"). The Irish group De Danann recorded the tune under the title "Trip to Athlone (The)."

Source for notated version: piper Matthew Tiernan/Maitiu Mac Tighearnain (Ireland) [Breathnach].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ I), 1963; No. 42, p. 17. Taylor (Where's the Crack), 1989; p. 18.

Recorded sources: Decca Records 12120 (78 RPM), Eddie Meehan & John McKenna (1936). Drumlin Records, Brian McNamara - "A Piper's Dream." HMV IM946 (78 RPM), Lough Gill Quartet (c. 1941). Lochshore CDLDL 1215, Craob Rua - "The More that's Said the Less the Better" (1992). Mulligan Records, Matt Molly, Paul Brady and Tommy Peoples - "Molloy, Brady, Peoples" (1985). Néillidh Mulligan - "The Leitrim Thrush" (Learned from his father).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Hear the 78 RPM by the Rosaleen Quartet at Juneberry 78's [2] and at the Comhaltas Archive [3]
Hear Miriam Carroll, Josephine Nugent and Mary Nugentat at the Comhaltas Archive [4]




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