Creel of Turf (1) (The)
CREEL OF TURF , THE. Irish, Reel. D Major/Mixolydian ('A' part) & G Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. According to Joseph Reavy the title is taken from Synge's verse spoken by Patch Shaneen, who mourns for his wife Maurya Prendergast, with whom he travelled the roads "west in Carnareagh":
She'd pick her bag of carrageen
Or perries throught the surf,
Or loan an ass of Foxy Jim
To fetch her creel of turf.
Source for notated version: obtained by County Cavan/Philadelphia fiddler Ed Reavy (1898-1988) from Jimmy McElroy, a County Monaghan flute player [Reavy].
Printed source: Reavy (The Collected Compositions of Ed Reavy), No. 77, p. 85.
X: 1 T:The Creel Of Turf  R:reel C:Ed Reavy M:2/2 L:1/8 Z:Joe Reavy N:Ed got the "strains" of this tune many years ago from Jimmy McElroy, N:a County Monaghan flute player. The title comes from Synge's verse N:about Patch Shaneen and Maurya Prendergast. Shaneen grieves N:the passing of Maurya, his wife, who travelled the roads with N:him "west in Carnareagh"- N:"She'd pick her bag of carrageen N:Or perries through the surf, N:Or loan an ass of Foxy Jim N:To fetch her creel of turf." N:The poor couple had little, but they loved N:much. The poem and tune make a good match for anyone seeking N:a glimpse of the old Ireland. K:D dc | AD (3DDD AGAG | E=CCD EDEG | AD (3DDD AGAG | EDCE DcBc | AD (3DDD AGAG | E=CCD EDEG | AGAB cBCA |1 E=CE D2 :|2 GECE D3 F || GAcd efed | cAGA cAAF | GAcd efed | cAGA c2 [E2c2] | GAcd efed | cAGA cBcd |edec dedc | aG (3ABc dedc ||
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