Silver Spear (The)

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SILVER SPEAR. AKA and see “Anderson’s (Reel) [2],” “Lark in the Morning,” "Miss Lane's Fancy,” “My Love is on the Ocean (1),” "New Mown Meadows (The)," “Old Silver Spear,” "Silver Tip (1) (The)," "Sliabh Bana," "Top of the Cliff (The)." “White Mountain (2) (The).” Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A popular session tune, more so at one time, but part of the core session repertoire. Brendan Breathnach’s translation of the title into Irish suggests the title refers to a mountain. “New Mown Meadows” is a related melody. Piper Willie Clancy played the tune under the title “White Mountain.”

Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - Sligo stylist Lad O'Beirne (DeMarco & Krassen); “from my mother” [Mulvihill]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources : - Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland, vol. 1), 1974; No. 2. DeMarco & Krassen (Trip to Sligo), 1978; pp. 35, 49, 63. Giblin (Collection of Traditional Irish Dance Music), 1928; 1. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 21, p. 7. Mallinson (100 Essential), 1995; No. 39, p. 18. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 43, p. 11. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 185. Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, Book Two), 1999; p. 19.

Recorded sources: -Claddagh Records CC17, Seán Keane "Gusty's Frolics" (1975). Green Linnet SIF 1135, Martin Mulhaire, Seamus Connolly & Jack Coen - "Warming Up" (1993). Green Linnett 3010, Kevin Burke - “Promenade” (1981). Wild Asparagus - “In Season” (1985). Grainnan - "Maid of Erin" (set in the key of C major). Seamus Ennis - “Return from Fingal.” Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40126, Lamprey River Band – “Choose Your Partners!: Contra Dance & Square Dance Music of New Hampshire” (1999).

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info [3]



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