Queen of May (2) (The)

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X:1 T:Queen of May [2], The M:C L:1/8 R:Reel S:James Goodman (1828─1896) music manuscript collection, S:vol. 3, p. 147. Mid-19th century, County Cork Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Edor B2 df eBBd|AD (3FED FAAF|B2 df eBBc|dBAF B2E2:| Beeg faec|defg afed|Beeg faec|dBAF B2E2| Beeg faec|defg afed|fb b2 fa af|dBAF B2E2||



QUEEN OF MAY [2], THE (Banríon Bhealtaine). AKA - "Queen of the May (The)." AKA and see “Bashful Beau (The),” “Kitty Losty's Reel,” "Ladies' Taproom (The)," "Laune Rangers (The)," "P.J. Crotty's," “Tap Room (2) (The)," "Washwoman (The).” Irish, Reel. E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. The reel appears in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection (vol. 3, p. 147 [1]) of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman, and a version was entered as an untitled reel in the c. 1883 music manuscript collection of County Leitrim fiddler and piper Stephen Grier." Famed Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman recorded this tune as the second in a medley with “Dr. Gilbert's.”


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddler Tommy Potts [Breathnach].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (CRÉ I), 1963; No. 197, p. 76. Donnellan (Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society, vol. II, No. 2), 1909; No. 9. Lyth (Bowing Styles in Irish Fiddle Playing, vol. 1), 1981; 29.

Recorded sources : - Cló Iar-Chonnachta CICD 167, Peter Horan & Gerry Harrington – “The Merry Love to Play” (2007). Coleman Music Center CHC 009, flute player Paddy Healy (b. 1937, Ballymote) – “The Coleman Archive, vol. 2: The Home Place” (2005. Various artists. Healy learned the tune from his father, John Martin, also a flute player). Green Linnet SIF 1122, Kevin Burke - "Open House" (1992). IRC Records, Michael Coleman - “The Musical Glories of Old Sligo” (1967). Talcon Records KG240, Paddy Cronin – “The House in the Glen” (197?).

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [3]
Hear Donegal fiddler John Doherty play the tune at the Comhaltas Archive [4]
Hear flute player Tom Morrison play the tune at the Comhaltas Archive [5]
Hear Michael Coleman's 1927 recording at Juneberry 78's (second tune, after "Dr. Gilbert's").



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