Annotation:Rose in the Gap (The)

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X:1 T:Rose in the Gap, The M:C L:1/8 R:Reel N:seven measures only in the last strain in the ms. S:Rev. Luke Donnellan – “Oriel Songs and Dances", S:Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society (vol. II, No. 2, 1909; No. 63) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Edor FA|BABc B2 AF|B2E2E2 FA|BABc B2 AF|A2D2D2 FA| BABc B2 AF|AFAB d2 de|fedc (3Bcd AF|A2D2D2 de|| fedc (3Bcd AF|B2E2E2 de|fedc (3Bcd AF|A2D2D2 de| fedc (3Bcd AF|AFAB d2 de|fedc (3Bcd AF|A2D2D3B|| e2 eg f2 eg|f2e2e2B2|e2 eg f2 eg|f2d2d2B2| e2 eg f2 ed|fedc d2 de|fedc (3Bcd AF|A2D2D3F|| E2 EG FEDE|F2E2E2F2|E2 EG FEDG|F2D2D2F2| E2 EG FEDE|AFAB d2 de|fedc (3Bcd AF||

ROSE IN THE GAP, THE. Irish; Reel, Highland, Clog or March (whole time). E Dorian and Bm. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC: ABCD (Donnellan, O'Connor). "Rose in the Gap" is contained in the music manuscript collection in the possession of biography:Rev. Luke Donnellan (1878-1962), a curate and fiddler from the Oriel region, south Ulster[1]. Donnellan researcher Gerry O'Connor notes that the name "Roshy Atta" was written with the tune in the original manuscript, perhaps a phonetic attempt, he suggests, for "An Rös atá sa Bhearna."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Rev. Luke Donnellan music manuscript collection [O'Connor].

Printed sources : - Rev. Luke Donnellan, "Oriel Songs and Dances", (Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society, vol. II), no. 2, 1909; No. 63. Gerry O'Connor (The Rose in the Gap), 2018; No. 98, p. 64.

Recorded sources : - Compass 7 4433 2, 2006 & Vertical Records, John McSherry & Donal O’Connor – "Tripswitch" (2006).

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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 an 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.