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PRETTY MAGGIE MORRISSEY ("Ciumais na Mona" or "Mairgreadin Deas Ni Muirgeasa"). AKA and see “Brighton Hornpipe,” “Duke of Leinster (3) (The),” “Five Pound Note (The),” “Hennessey's Hornpipe (1),” "Kildare Hornpipe (2)," “O'Neill's Hornpipe (1),” “Peggy Morrissey,” “Strip of Turf (The) (Ciumhais na Móna),” “Wexford Hornpipe.” Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was a popular hornpipe and frequently recorded in the first half of the 20th century, albeit under a bewildering variety of titles. Accordion player P.J. Conlon (1885–1954) recorded the tune as "Hennessy's/Hennessey's Hornpipe (1)" in 1921, while County Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman [1] (1891–1945) waxed it as "O'Neill's Hornpipe (1)." Uilleann pipers generally know the tune under the title "Wexford Hornpipe," the name by which influential piper Leo Rowsome [2] (1903–1970) recorded it in a medley sandwiched between "Rights of Man (The)" and "Dunphy's Hornpipe." Rowsome's family hailed from Wexford. In 1926 piper Liam Walsh and fiddler J. O'Mahoney recorded the hornpipe as "Cork Hornpipe" [3], although that title generally is used for the tune familiar to most modern session musicians as "Harvest Home (1)."

John McFadden

Source for notated version: Chicago fiddler John McFadden, originally from County Mayo, of whom O’Neill said: “The airy style of his playing, the clear crispness of his tones, and the rhythmic swing of his tunes, left nothing to be desired…” [O’Neill].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ 5), 1999; No. 223. Cranitch (The Irish Fiddle Book), 1996; No. 83, p. 159. Jordan (Whistle and Sing!), 1975; p. 68. McDermott (Allan's Irish Fiddler), c. 1922; No. 77, p. 20. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 199. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1707, p. 317. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 3), 1927; No. 182, p. 64.

Recorded sources: OKeh Records 4322 (78 RPM), Peter J. Conlon (1921, as "Hennessy's Hornpipe"). Rounder Records 7057, Jerry Holland – “Parlor Music” (2005). WMT002, Wendy MacIsaac – “That’s What You Get” (1998? Appears as “Pretty Peggy Morrisey”).

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [4]
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [5]
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info [6]




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