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SIR PHILLIP McHUGH (An Saoi Pilib Mic-Aeda). AKA – “Phillip McCue,” "Sir Phillip MacQue." AKA and see “Funny Mistake (The),” "Pilib an Cheó." Irish, English; Slip Jig (9/8 time). G Major (O'Neill): D Major (Callaghan, Kennedy, Sing Out). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Sir Phillip McHugh," the slip jig, appears in several collections around the turn of the 19th century and in its early decades. It was published in England in dancing master Thomas Wilson’s Companion to the Ball Room (1816), where its provenance is given as "Irish". The slip jig was entered into the 1798 music manuscript collection of Joshua Jackson (Harrogate, North Yorkshire), as an untitled piece. Uillean piper O'Farrell printed a version of the tune with variation sets in London in the first decade of the 19th century under the title "Phillip McCue." Later, George Petrie printed a version as "Pilib an Cheó" ("A Munster Hop Jig"), given to him by collector P.W. Joyce.

Paul de Grae notes that the tune may have been used for a song in honor of Philip McHugh O'Reilly [1] (1599-c. 1664), an Irish military commander in the rebellion of 1641 and brother-in-law to Owen Roe O'Neill[1].

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 82. Kennedy (Fiddler’s Tune-Book: Slip Jigs and Waltzes), 1999; No. 59, p. 13. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 82. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; Nos. 1138 & 1146, p. 215. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 426, p. 84. Sing Out, vol. 35, No. 4, Winter 1991; p. 81. Wilson (Companion to the Ball Room), 1816; p. 31 (appears as “Philip McCue”).

Recorded sources: - EFDSS CD13, Our Northern Branch – “Hardcore English” (2007. Various artists). Green Linnet GLCD 1135, Martin Mulhaire, Séamus Connolly, Jack Coen – “Warming Up” (1990). Sampler 8809, "Sackett's Harbor." Dave Swarbrick – “Swarbrick 2.” Dave Swarbrick – “It Suits Me Well: The Transatlantic Anthology” (1980).

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info [3]



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