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OLD DUTCH CHURN, THE. AKA and see "Fig for a Kiss (1) (A)," "Gáire na mBan," "Gliogar an Mheadair" (Gurgling of the Churn), "Gluigir a Mhidir," "Milk the Churn," "Old Milk Churn (The)," "Two in a gig." Irish, Cape Breton, New England; Jig and Slip Jig. G Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Cole, Dunlay & Reich, Ryan, Tolman): AA'BB' (Dunlay & Greenberg). "The Old Dutch Churn" title was brought to light in Cape Breton tradition by Kate Dunlay, who recognized a 9/8 time version of Fitzgerald's tune in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883). See also related tunes "Dublin Boys (The)," "Dublin Streets," "Night of the Fun (2) (The)," "Humors of Bottle Hill," and "She is fit for a kiss." Fiddler Frank Ferrel plays a 6/8 version of the tune.

Source for notated version: Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford, Dunlay and Reich].

Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 77 (appears in 9/8 time). Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald: A Collection of Fiddle Tunes), 1997; No. 200, p. 78. Dunlay & Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton), 1996; p. 118. Dunlay and Reich Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Fiddle Music of Cape Breton), 1986; p. 79. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 151. Tolman (The Nelson Music Collection), 1969; p. 1.

Recorded sources: CAT-WMR004, Wendy MacIsaac - "The 'Reel' Thing" (1994). Celtic 40, Winston Fitzgerald- "Its New." Celtic CX 51, Winston Fitzgerald - "This is Sydney" (1st in "Medley of Cape North Jigs"). Great Meadow GMM 2018, Frank Ferrel & Joe Derrane - "Fiddledance" (2004). GW2009, George Wilson - "A Collection of Northern Tunes from New England, Canada, Scotland, Shetland and Ireland." Nimbus NI 5383, Cape Breton Island Festival Group - "Traditional Music from Cape Breton Island" (1993). David Greenberg & Puirt a Baroque - "Kinloch Fantasy."

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [3]




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