Reel of Mullinavat (1) (The)

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REEL OF MULLINAVAT [1], THE ("Seisd/Cor Muilleann A'Bata," "Cor Mhuilleann an Bhata," or "Ríl Mhuileann an Bhata"). AKA and see "Paddy Breen's Reel." Irish, Reel. E Dorian/Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Breathnach): AA'B (O'Neill/Krassen): AABB (Miller): AA'BB' (O'Neill/1850, 1001 & 1915). Mullinavat is in County Kilkenny. County Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman recorded the reel in New York in 1927 (in a medley following "Tom Ward's Downfall") for the Vocalion label. Bayard (1981) sees his Pennsylvania collected "Running Through the Rain to Keep Your Hair Dry" as a form of this composition. See also Ed Reavy's related composition “Hills of Old (The).” "Kilkenny Reel (The)," recorded in New York in 1929 by County Longford fiddler Packie Dolan (1904-1932) on Victor V-29025 (78 RPM) is identified as "Reel of Mullinavat."

Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - fiddler Bobby Casey (County Clare, Ireland) [Breathnach]; Chicago fiddler James Kennedy, who O’Neill believed had the tune from Adam Tobin, a native of Kilkenny [O’Neill]; Kerry fiddler Paddy Cronin [Miller].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 153, p. 71. Lyth (Bowing Styles in Irish Fiddle Playing, vol. 1), 1981; 35. Miller (Fiddler’s Throne), 2004; No. 239, p. 146. O'Neill (O’Neill’s Irish Music), 1915; No. 241, p. 127. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 117. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1316, p. 247. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 578, p. 106. Reavy (The Collected Compositions of Ed Reavy), No. 69. Songer & Curley (Portland Collection, vol. 2), 2005; p. 140.

Recorded sources: - Columbia (78 RPM), Michael Coleman (1927). Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Records CL17, Bobby Casey - "Ceol an Chlair vol. 1" (1979). Intrepid Records, Michael Coleman - “The Heyday of Michael Coleman” (1973). Shanachie SH 29009, "Andy McGann & Paul Brady." Shanachie 79006, Mary Bergin – “Feadog Stain” (originally released by Gael-Linn, 1979). Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW CD 40545, Tony DeMarco - "The Sligo Indians" (2008). Vocalion 84124 (78 RPM), Michael Coleman (1927).

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info [2]
Hear Michael Coleman's 1927 recording at ITMA [3] (2nd tune in medley)



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