Toss the Feathers (3)

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X:1 T:Toss the Feathers [3] M:O'Neill's 2nd Setting in MOI M:4/4 L:1/8 R:Reel B:O'Neill's Music of Ireland. 1850 Melodies, 1903, p. 231, no. 1225 N:The last note of part A has been corrected (d4 instead of d2). Z:François-Emmanuel de Wasseige K:D D2 (3FED AD (3FED|D2(GF) EFG2|1 A2(AG) A2(Bc)|dfed {d}cAGE:|2 A2 (de) f>d (3.d.d.d|cAGE D4|| Ad{e}dc d2(cd)|e>d (3.d.d.d eddc|eaag eaag|e>d (3.d.d.d (ed)d2| eaaf gbag|fgef dcAG|A2(AG) A2 (3ABc|dfed cAGE!D.C.!|]



TOSS THE FEATHERS [3] ("Umpuig na clumac" or "Croith na cleiteacha"). Irish, Reel (cut time). D Mixolydian (Mallinson, O'Neill, Taylor): D Major (Breathnach). Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. A variant of O'Neill's "Toss the Feathers (2). AB (Tubridy): AA'B (O'Neill): AABB (Taylor, Vallely): AABB' (Breathnach): AA’BB’ (Mallinson). "Toss the Feathers [3]" is related to “Toss the Feathers (1)” and "Toss the Feathers (2)," especially in the second stain. Taylor (1992) remarks "It's as if the O'Neill version is at the stage where the tune was half-way through changing from E minor to D, or vice versa."

"Toss the Feathers [3]", the second of O'Neill's settings of the tune, was recorded by early 20th century uilleann piper and stage performer Patsy Touhey (1865-1923) on a cylinder, although he called it "Kerry Reel."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Chicago police patrolman, piper and flute player John Ennis, originally from County Kildare [O’Neill]; flute player Matt Molloy (Ireland) [Breathnach].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (Ceol Rince na hÉirreann vol. III), 1985; No. 112, p. 56. Hardebeck (A Collection of Jigs and Reels, vol. 1), Dublin, 1921; p. 19. Mallinson (100 Essential), 1995; No. 63, p. 27. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1225, p. 231. Taylor (Crossroads Dance), 1992; No. 15, p. 13. Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, Book Two), 1999; p. 26. Vallely (Armagh Pipers Club Play 50 Reels), 1982; No. 26, p. 14.

Recorded sources : - Mulligan Records LUN 004, "Matt Molloy" (1976). Na Píobairí Uilleann NPU CD 001, "The Piping of Patsy Touhey" (2005). Shaskeen - "Mouse Behind the Dresser." Shanachie 29003, Tommy Peoples & Paul Brady - "The High Part of the Road."

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]



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