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If We Hadn’t Any Women (G)  

This tune’s title invites some speculation.  As the consequent is left unmentioned, it seems the whimsy of some beleaguered husband.  What follows would be seriously bad, of course, his reverie notwithstanding.  The title is similar to that of the novel If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (1979) by Italo Calvino (1923-1985) except that unlike the […]

(The Merry) Durham Rangers (D)  

The “Durham Rangers” is the second in a set of Germans on Ceol Aduaidh (1983) by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy: the set being “Maggie’s Lilt / The Durham Rangers /If We Hadn’t Any Women.” As a German this is a co. Donegal melody, and seems to belong to the “Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine” tune family. […]

Maggie’s Lilt (D)  

This is the first tune in a set of Germans on Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy’s CD Ceol Aduaidh (1983). Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Mar-aid ne Mooney) learned the tune from her father Proinsias Ó Maonaigh (Francie O’Mooney). As a tune-type Germans are a little like a hornpipe but without as much swing, and can also be […]