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 Theme code Index    7bL5L 11 3b2 5L1
 Also known as    Mata Dub
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 flat
 Mode    Dorian
 Time signature    6/8
 Structure    One part
 Editor/Compiler    Francis O'Neill
 Book/Manuscript title    Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 551, p. 96
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1903
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
 Score   ()   

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BLACK MATHEW. Irish, Air (6/8 time, "with spirit"). G Dorian. Standard tuning. One part.

Source for notated version: "O'Brien" [O'Neill], referring perhaps to James "Jimmy" O'Brien, a piper originally from Swineford, County Mayo (1823-1885), who emigrated to Portland, Maine, in the 1860's. He made his way to Boston, and, by 1875, to Chicago, where he was an influential member of the Irish music community. His set of pipes eventually came into the possession of Chicago police Sergeant James Early, a contemporary of O'Neill's.

Printed source: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903/1979; No. 551, p. 96.