It was contributed by Paul Kinder in 1996, and this version is unchanged from the abc’s he gave. He wrote:
"Several years ago, Tony Crehan (R.I.P) gave me a Xerox copy of a pamphlet of tunes written by his father, Junior Crehan. The pamphlet was prepared for Junior’s birthday and contained ten tunes, with a little verse for each. The tunes were:
The Mowing Machine (reel)
The Otter’s Holt (reel)
Farewell to Miltown Malbay (reel)
The Mist Covered Mountain (jig)
The Hills of Coore (reel)
Crehan’s Banbhs (reel)
The Stack of Oats (horn)
The West Clare Railway (reel)
Mo Ghra Thu (jig)
The Luathradawn’s Jig
As I have never seen most of these in any collections, I thought I would enclose the ABCs for a couple.
The Mowing Machine: This tune sounds very familiar to me, but I don’t know why because I don’t have any recordings
under this title. Has someone recorded it under a different title ??"
"While mowing hay one day in June
The sounds I heard gave me a tune
The gears and blades as they cut the raheen
So I called this tune the Mowing Machine"
I left the key as E minor as this matched the abc’s. The Comhaltas site (http://comhaltasarchive.ie/compositions/216) has the key as E dorian. Perhaps this is more likely given that Junior wrote several other tunes in the Dorian mode (e.g. Hills of Coore, Farewell to Miltown Malbay, Golden Castle).
The B part sounds very similar to that of "The Ships are Sailing". Does anyone know of a connection between the tunes?
I always thought it owed more to Seán Ryan’s Dash to Portobello
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