Wandering Minstrel (The)
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WANDERING MINSTREL, THE (An Ceoltóir Fánach). AKA and see “Cape Breton Jig,” “Dandy Scholar (The),” “Guiness is Good for You.” Irish (originally), Canadian; Double Jig (6/8 time). Canada; Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC (Breathnach, Moylan): AABBCC (Miller & Perron, Mulvihill, Tubridy). The tune has been paired with “Lark in the Morning (The)” largely due to the influence of the great Co. Sligo/New Yorkfiddler James Morrison. Breathnach (1963) finds versions of this jig in the first part of O’Neill’s “Willy Walsh’s Jig” and “Merry Maiden (The),” although he thinks the second strain differs. Famed Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman recorded “Wandering Minstrel” in a medley (with “Fasten the Leggin' (1)” and “Coleman's Cross (4)”) in New York in 1934. Influential uilleann piper Seamus Ennis recorded the jig (paired with "Jackson's Morning Brush"), popularizing it with pipers. Ennis remarked (in liner notes to his 1974 Topic album):
My earliest conscious memory of familiarity with The Wandering Minstrel is a 78-record I had of the famous Michael Coleman’s fiddle-playing during my mid-teens, although I must have heard my late father play it through the years. As undoubtedly Coleman did, I select its title as applicable to myself.