Teig Moira's Daughter

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X:1 T:Teig Maire's Daughter M:C L:1/8 R:Air N:”With expression” S:O’Neill – Music of Ireland (1903), No. 17 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G G|B{c/B/}ABc dedB|c{d/c/}Bce dB G>A|B{c/B/}ABc dedB|cBG>G G3 G/A/| B{c/B/}ABc dedB|c{d/c/}Bce dB G>A|B{c/B/}ABc dedB|cB GA/B/ c2 {d/c/}BA|| G2 {A/G/}FD DCB,C|DcBG AF DE/F/|G>A/2G/2 FD DCB,C|DEFD GcBA| G>A/2G/2 FD DCB,C|DcBG AF DE/F/|G>A/2G/2 FD DCB,C|DEFD G3||



TEIG MOIRA'S DAUGHTER (Ingean Teig Maire). AKA - "Teig Maire's Daughter." AKA and see "I Wish You Were My Darling," "It's a Pity the Officer's Son is Not With Us," "I Wish the Shepherd's Pet Was Mine." Irish, Air (4/4 time, "with expression"). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Francis O’Neill remembered the tune from his Bantry, west Cork, boyhood (c. 1840's) being sung by his parents. It begins:

Johnny bought a beaver hat,
Then Johnny bought a new cravat;
Johnny bought more things than that,
To coax Teige Maire’s daughter.

O'Neill states in Irish Minstrels and Musicians (p. 115): "A rollicking chorus ending in the phrase "I wish you were my darling" followed each verse. The song remembered only in a fragmentary way was not very edifying in sentiment. The subject dealt with ordinary escapades of merely local interest."

Paul de Grae remarks, "Reminiscent of the well-known song "Is Trua gan Peata 'n Mhaoir agam," in general contour rather than specific notes[1].


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Printed sources : - O'Neill (1850), 1903; No. 17, p. 3.






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  1. Paul de Grae, “Notes on Sources of Tunes in the O’Neill Collections”, 2017 [1].