The Maid Of Athens reel

The Maid Of Athens appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Maid Of Athens has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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Two settings

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X: 1
T: The Maid Of Athens
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FAAF GFED | FAAc dBAG | FAAF GFGB | AFdF EFDG |
FAAF GFED | FAAc dBAG | FAAF GFGB | AFdF E2 D2 |
fddf geeg | fded cAAd | fddf geeg | fdec d2 de |
fddf geeg | fded cA AG | FAAF GFGB | AFdF E2 D2 |
# Added by Kenny .
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X: 2
T: The Maid Of Athens
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FAAF GFED | FABc dBAG | FAAF ~G3B | AFdF EFDE |
FAAF GFED | FABc dBAG | FA A/A/A G~B3 | AFdF EFDe ||
fddf geeg | fded cAAe | ~f3d geeg | fdec Adde |
~f3d geeg | fded cAAG | FAAF FGBG | AFdF EFDE ||
# Added .

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The Maid Of Athens

From a tape of Tommy Peoples playing tunes for Cathal McConnell.

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I know this tune, with some slight differences (as follows), but can’t put a name or source to it. "Maid of Athens" does not ring a bell. Anyone have a different name for it?

X: 1
T: ?
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FAAF GFED | FABc dBAG | FAAF ~G3B | AFdF EFDE |
FAAF GFED | FABc dBAG | FA A/A/A G~B3 | AFdF EFDe ||
fddf geeg | fded cAAe | ~f3d geeg | fdec Adde |
~f3d geeg | fded cAAG | FAAF FGBG | AFdF EFDE ||

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Maid of Athens

Interestingly, Kenny’s setting from Tommy Peoples almost exactly matches a setting found on John Chamber’s tune finder index, which in turn was posted from a transcription in "Ryan’s Mammoth Collection."

A little more digging reveals the following from Nigel Gatherer’s site:

"Ryan’s Mammoth Collection was published in Boston in 1883, containing 1050 reels, jigs, hornpipes, strathspeys, etc. In 1940 it was repackaged and marketed as Cole’s 1000 Fiddle Tunes (also known as The Fiddler’s Bible). Finally, in 1995 it was once again published, this time reverting to the Ryan’s Mammoth title. Whichever form it has taken, this collection has been an invaluable store of tunes for countless fiddlers and other musicians, and it is a remarkable snapshot of the repertoire of 19th century America."

I just checked my copy of "Cole’s" (titled "One Thousand Fiddle Tunes," copyright 1940, renewed in 1967, published by M.M. Cole Publishing of Chicago) and found the same Maid of Athens on page 21.

So it’s a fairly old tune, and I have to wonder whether this suggests that Mr. Peoples sometimes learns tunes out of old books.

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Why not?

I’m pretty sure he did, Will. He does introduce the title of the tune for Cathal. At one point he says he’s only playing the bare bones of the tune, and says that Cathal will have to "put the clothes on it " himself. If he was sight-reading it, he’s pretty fluent. How about this ? - the other tunes played on the tape are "The Green Hills Of Tyrol", a tune called "The Moving Bog", which is very similar to "Up Against The Buchalawns", and that 7-part hornpipe thing, "Kitty O’Neill" or something like it. Kevin Burke used to play it. Would they be in the book too?

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Green Hills of Tyrol is in Cole’s/Ryan’s but the other’s aren’t, at least not under those names. Green Hills of Tyrol does not appear in many other collections—perhaps Tommy got Maid of Athens and Green Hills of Tyrol from this source? Something of a European set (Athens and Tyrol)….

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…nice little tune, btw.

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Tom Doherty

The late Brooklyn melodeon player Tom Doherty, originally from Mt. Charles. Donegal, recorded this tune on his CD "Take the Bull by the Horns" (Green Linnet). He called it something else ("The Maid that Dare Not Tell" if I recall correctly). It’s really a primitive version of "Dowd’s No. 9."

Tommy Peoples learned a lot of tunes from Ryan’s/Cole’s, including "Kitty O’Nei’s Champion," the tune he and Kevin Burke recorded as "Kitty O’Shea."