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PRIEST'S LEAP [1], THE. AKA and see “Bridal Jig (1) (The),” “Humors of Quarry Cross (The),” “Jerry Donovan's Favorite,” “Kennedy's Bridal Jig,” “Leinster Lasses (The),” “McPaddin's Favorite,” “The Night Cap.” Irish, Double Jig. G Major ('A' part) & E Minor ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Flaherty): AA'BB' (Roche). Ballymote, County Sligo, fiddler Paddy Killoran [1] (1904–1965) recorded the tune with his Pride of Erin Orchestra in New York in October, 1934, under the title “McPaddin's Favorite” in a set called “Jerry Donovan's Favorite” (followed by "Mist on the Meadow (1) (The)/Castlebar Races"). Fiddler John Gerrity called it the “The Night Cap” on his 1920 recording, while fiddler Paddy Cronin and accordion player Joe Burke each had it as “Humors of Quarry Cross (The),” a place-name in Sliabh Luachra, Munster. See also note for O'Neill's "Bridal Jig (1) (The)" for more.

Source for notated version: fiddler Kathleen Morris (Corlisheen, Ballyrush, Co. Sligo) [Flaherty].

Printed sources: Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 56. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 3), 1927; No. 88, p. 27.

Recorded sources: Columbia 33029-F (78 RPM), John Gerrity (1920, as "Night Cap"). Decca 12004 (78 RPM), Paddy Killoran & the Pride of Erin Orchestra (1934, as 1st tune in set "Jerry Donovan's Favorite"). Decca 12179 (78 RPM), Paddy Killoran (1938, as "McPaddin's Favorite," the 2nd tune in the medley, following "Humors of Ballinafad (2) (The)).

See also listing at:
Hear the 1934 recording by Paddy Killoran's Pride of Erin Orchestra as "Jerry Donovan's Favorite" [2] [3] [4]
Hear Paddy Killoran's 1938 recording as "McPaddin's Favorite" [5] [6]




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