Roll Her on the Mountain (1)

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X:1 T:Roll her on the Mountain [1] M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:James Goodman (1828─1896) music manuscript collection, S:vol. 3, p. 167. Mid-19th century, County Cork Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G dGGe dcBd|eeed efge|dGGe dcBd|ecBd A2G2:| |:g2 gb agfe|defg abc'a|g2 gb agfe|dcBc A2G2:|]

ROLL HER ON THE MOUNTAIN [1] ("Umpuig air an sliab i" or "Corna an tSliabi"). AKA and see: "Galway Reel (5) (The), "Roll Her on the Mountain." Irish, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AA'BB' (O'Neill/Krassen). James Kerr printed the reel twice in his c. 1880's Merry Melodies collections: first as "Galway Reel (5) (The)," and again as "Roll Her on the Hill." The latter is very close to O'Neill's version. However, the earliest appearance of the tune (as "Roll her on the Mountain") is in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman. See also the related “Rolling on the Ryegrass.”

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - James O'Neill [O'Neill] (Chicago police sergeant and fiddler James O'Neill, originally from County Down, was Francis O'Neill's (no relation) transcriber and collaborator on his early volumes); Rev. Luke Donnellan music manuscript collection[1] (Oriel, Ulster) [O'Connor].

Printed sources : - O'Connor (The Rose in the Gap), 2018; No. 25, p. 36. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 115. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1309, p. 245. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 572, p. 105.

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  1. Donnellan researcher Gerry O'Connor came to believe the ms. is not the work of the curate but rather was originally compiled by a unknown but able fiddler over the course of a playing lifetime, probably in the late 19th century. The ms. later came into the possession of Donnellan, who was also a fiddler.