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O'REILLY'S GREYHOUND (Cú Uí Ragallaig). AKA and see "Galway Girl," "Missing Guest (The)," "Murphy's Greyhound," "Outdoor Relief," "Rolling Rocks of Glan (The)," "Tory Island Reel (The)." Irish, Reel. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill): AAB (Deloughery). The tune was first recorded in 1927 by concertina player William Mullay (see Murphy's Greyhound), and, in the same year as "Galway Girl", by the Chicago-based Bowen's Irish Orchestra, a group that included father-and-son uilleann pipers Dennis Flynn Sr. and Jr. (along with Tom Cawley and Billy McCormick on fiddles and flute player Paddy Doran, albeit piper Joe Sullivan sometimes was in the lineup, replacing on of the Flynns. There is a picture of the group in Danahey & Hantschel's Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs,, 2011, p. 90 [1]). A setting appears Darley & McCall's Feis Ceóil Collection of Irish Airs (1914) as an anonymous reel (No. 37), collected from the Feis Ceóil competitions at the turn of the 20th century. Breathnach (1996) thinks it has a much better turn (second part) than does O'Neill's "Greyhound." County Clare fiddle player P.J. Hayes called the tune "Murphy's Greyhound," and Francis O'Neill printed the tune in one of his later publications (O'Neill's Irish Music, 1915) as "Missing Guest (The)." The reel was recorded in America in the 78 RPM era by vaudeville performers Ma McNulty and her family (Decca 12253B) under the title "Rolling Rocks of Glan (The)," one of some eighty sides recorded by the popular group.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "O'Reilly" [O'Neill]. O'Neill mentions three O'Reilly's in Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913), two pipers and an ancient harper. He most often references Martin O'Reilly (pp. 239-240 [2]), an elderly blind piper from County Galway, an exceptional musician who competed in several Feis at the turn of the 20th century, but who died in dire circumstances in the poorhouse within a decade. However, the probable source for the tune (who is not mentioned in O'Neill's 1913 book, nor who is included in the famous c. 1903 photograph of the Chicago Irish Music Club referenced elsewhere in this index) is Chicago Irish Music Club fiddler Philip J. O'Reilly, a "good player [who] had many old manuscripts" [1906 letter from O'Neill to Alfred Percival Graves published in the Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society]. O'Reilly was missing from the Chicago Irish Music Club photograph taken around 1903 that is reference elsewhere in this index.

Printed sources : - Conolly & Martin (Forget Me Not), 2002; pp. 92-93. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 712, p. 125. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1488, p. 275.

Recorded sources : - Columbia Co 33445-F (78 RPM), Bowen's Irish Orchestra (1927, as "Galway Girl").

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [3]



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