Shanavest and Corovoth (2)

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X:1 T:Shanavest and Corovoth [2] M:C L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Andante" S:Stanford/Petrie (1905), No. 459 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Dmin F>G | A>B G>A F>G A=B | c>=B cd f2 ef | d>f ed cAGE | D2D2D2 F>G | A>B GA FGA=B | c=Bcd f2 ef | d>f ed cAGE | {E}D2D2D2 || F>G | A>d de f2 ed | d^cAG A3G | A<dde f2 ed | d^cec d3c | A<d d^c d>efg | fdcA cdef | d>f ed cAGE | D2D2D2 ||



SHANAVEST AND COROVOTH [2] (An Sean-bhest 's an Carabhat). Irish, Air (4/4 time). AKA and see "John Doe." D Minor/Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Petrie): AAB (Joyce, Mulvihill). “A faction tune” states Joyce, while Martin Mulvihill notes, “a faction fighting tune of the ‘Cooleens’ and ‘Black Mulvihills.’” See note for “Shanavest and Caravat (1)" for more. Paul de Grae [1] finds other cognate tunes in George Petrie's collections: "John Doe," "Is iomadha yeóman malluighthe do thill a dhóghadh" (Stanford/Petrie No. 1519), "Réltán leanbhach (An)" (Stanford/Petrie, No. 1520), and Canon James Goodman's "Raelthion Leanabhach (An)."

Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - “(The Irish collector) Mr. Joyce, from his grandmother, aged 90" [Stanford/Petrie]; Joyce remarks he took it down from her in 1854, and that she told him she learned it in her childhood [Joyce]; Mulvihill lists Joyce as his source.

Printed sources : - Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 24. Joyce (Ancient Irish Music), 1890; No. 30, p. 32. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 56, p. 131. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 459, p. 116.

Recorded sources: -



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  1. Paul de Grae, Sources of Tunes in the O'Neill Collections", 2017.