This is No My Ain Lassie (2)

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X:1 T:This is No My Ain Lassie [2] M:4/4 L:1/8 R:Air S:Howe – 1000 Jigs and Reels (c. 1867) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A | FA D a {g}f2 ed | (B/c/d) (AF) BEEG | FA D a {g}f2 (ed) | (B/c/d) {B}AF AD D || G | (F/G/A) DA (F/G/A) B>A | (F/G/A) D>f eE E>G | (F.G.A) DA (F/G/A) B>A |(B/c/d) (c/d/e) dD D>G | (F/G/A) DA (F/G/A) BA | (F/G/A) D f eE E<g |a>fg>e f>de>c | d>BA>F AD D2 ||



THIS IS NO MY AIN LASSIE [2]. Scottish, Irish; Reel or Polka (4/4 or 2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Howe): AABB (Sweet). "This is No My Ain Lassie [2]" is cognate of "This is no my ain Hoose/This is not My Own House". Researchers Fr. John Quinn and Conor Ward find the tune cognate with an Irish polka family with a variety of titles: "Dark Girl (The)," "Des Tarrant's Polka," "Paddy Cronin's Favorite (Polka)" and "Dark Girl Dressed in Blue (3) (The)" They find the tune as "This is no' my ain Lassie" in the c. 1930 music manuscript collections of Alex Sutherland (1874-1969) of Toome, Drumreilly, Co. Leitrim, "and found on a loose sheet in a fiddle manuscript collection belonging to his student Mary Kate Gaffney (1919-1994) or Carrikmakeegan, Drumreillly, Co. Leitrim. It also appears in the Reilly MSS transcribed by fiddlers who were Sutherland's neighbors"[1]



A version of the polka was paired with "My Love is but a Lassie" for a set of polkas recorded in 1928 in New York by Leitrim flute player John McKenna and Sligo fiddler James Morrison, a set that was influential and is popularly played in sessions today, remarks Conor.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 122. Sweet (Fifer’s Delight), 1965/1981; p. 56.






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  1. Personal communication from Conor Ward, 3.11.2020).