Milltown Lass

By Rose Murphy

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Rose Murphy

There was some discussion about Mrs Murphy yesterday. She recorded this at the age of 76. Some of the tune names may be variations of the more common names - eg "The Goose [ singular ] In The Bog". One or two are her own compositions, which I might post when I get time.

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Rose Murphy

Please communicate if you have any info on Rose. I have access to her Accordion B/C which was left to a local charity.
She lived in Maltby , a pit village in S York s- being married to a miner.
Mike Wild , Sheffield

Rose Murphy

I only have the sleeve notes to the cassette recording and I think there was an entry in Fintan Vallely’s book. You’re welcome to photocopies of those of you pm me your address.

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Track 1, 2nd tune…

..is more commonly known as "The Swallowtail" reel.

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Track 2….

…is the 4 parts of "Kiss The Maid Behind The Barrel" followed by the 3rd and 4th parts of "Trim The Velvet".

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The discussion: Mrs. Murphy, fiddler

# Posted on November 1st 2007 by skin&bow
https://thesession.org/discussions/15664

There’s also a small bio ~ # Posted on November 1st 2007 by MacCruiskeen ~ "which was sadly deleted from the published version of ‘The Rough Guide to Irish Music’ due to lack of space."

On “iTunes”

This recording can now be downloaded through "iTunes", with a "digital booklet" accompanying. Well done, Topic records - they deserve support for this.
There are obviously 2 "Rose Murphys" - the lady above [ courtesy of "Last FM" ], does not look at all like the Rose Murphy on the cover of the Topic LP record.
I will bring it to Jeremy’s attention.

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Does anyone have an alternative name for Rose Murphy’s "The maid on the mountain", Track 10 tune 3 of Milltown Lass? She only plays half of the tune, and I’d like to find the other half. I can find no trace of a tune by that name.

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Just listened to it, and I’d hazard a guess that it’s a setting of "The Maids Of Castlebar", but as you say, only the first part of the tune.

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> I’d hazard a guess that it’s a setting of "The Maids Of Castlebar",
Thanks very much Kenny, that sounds quite likely. At least it will give me a B part to go with it so that I can play the set.

I’d also appreciate clarification of track 6 if you (or anyone else) have any ideas. The tune given as ‘Over the Garden Wall’ seems to be the same B part played with two different A parts. My guess is that she was dredging the tune up from her memory, and after a couple of times round remembered the correct A part. In any event, if I am right, there is a missing B part that belongs with one of the two A parts. Any ideas what it is, and what the resulting tunes are called?

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I don’t want to be unkind here, but it does seem that Rose was prone to mixing up the parts of separate tunes, entirely understandable at the age of 76. There are a few bars of a very common jig which escapes me for the moment, but it then goes in to parts of "The Rose Among The Heather". I’ve only listened to a snippet on "iTunes", but don’t have time to do any more than that at the moment.

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Thanks again Kenny, you are certainly right that Rose settles into "The Rose Among the Heather".

If anyone knows what the partial very common jig is, that Kenny mentions, that’d be great.

I played the flute when I was younger (about 40 years ago!) and learned some of her tunes then from Bob Evans in Cardiff, who knew Rose when he was a student in Sheffield. I’ve always loved her playing, and now that my fiddle playing is getting up to the mark, I am trying to learn as many of her tunes as I can. Of course what I’m really hoping is to find some old cassettes of her playing in sessions or at home. Someone must have some at the back of a drawer somewhere…