The Fiddler’s Companion

© 1996-2010 Andrew Kuntz







Notation Note: The tunes below are recorded in what is called “abc notation.” They can easily be converted to standard musical notation via highlighting with your cursor starting at “X:1” through to the end of the abc’s, then “cutting-and-pasting” the highlighted notation into one of the many abc conversion programs available, or at’s incredibly handy “ABC Convert-A-Matic” at 


**Please note that the abc’s in the Fiddler’s Companion work fine in most abc conversion programs. For example, I use abc2win and abcNavigator 2 with no problems whatsoever with direct cut-and-pasting. However, due to an anomaly of the html, pasting the abc’s into the converter results in double-spacing. For’s conversion program to work you must remove the spaces between all the lines of abc notation after pasting, so that they are single-spaced, with no intervening blank lines. This being done, the F/C abc’s will convert to standard notation nicely. Or, get a copy of abcNavigator 2 – its well worth it.   [AK]




L & N RAG. AKA and see "Sleeping Lulu." Old‑Time, Country Rag. USA, Kentucky. C Major. Standard tuning. AB (Silberberg): AABB (Phillips). Source Alex Hood and the Railroad Boys came from Corbin, Kentucky, where many people worked for the railroad‑‑in this case the Lousiville & Nashville (L&N) line. Sources for notated versions: Bill Christopherson & the Lazy Aces (Conn.) [Phillips]; Greg Canote (Seattle) [Phillips]. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; pg. 74. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; pg. 86. Cartunes 105, Bruce Molsky and Bob Carlin – “Take Me as I Am” (2004. Sourced to Alex Hood). County 531, Alex Hood & his Railroad Boys ‑ "Old Time String Band Classics, 1927‑1933" (1975). Marimac 9008, The Lazy Aces ‑ "Still Lazy After All These Years" (1986. Learned from the Alex Hood & his Railroad Boys recording).


L IS FOR  American, Waltz. A Minor. Standard tuning. AA’B. Composed by Pennsylvania keyboard musician and composer Bob Pasquarello in 1992. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; pg. 72 (appears as “Laura’s Waltz”, the name of a dance by David Macemon and Cynthia Stenger set to the tune).


LÁ A CASADH TOMÁS Ó MAOLÁIN ORM, AN. AKA and see "The Day I met Tom Moylan."


LÁ BAISTEAC. AKA and see "(A) Rainy Day [1]."


LA COSA MULLIGAN. AKA and see “Jackson’s Reel [4].” Irish, Reel. Composed by famed Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples and named for Mulligan records, with whom Peoples was briefly involved in the 1970’s. The title is a play on “La Cosa Nostra,” the Italian pseudonym for the Mafia, and one may surmise that Peoples’ feelings about the record company were not very flattering (see also “Don’t Touch that Green Linnet”). Peoples has said he composed the tune in the late 1960’s, although perhaps it was untitled until the incident with Mulligan gave inspiration for a name. Peoples’ is known to be a modest man, and his composition apparently circulated independent of attribution or title. Peoples’ claim actually surfaced with his 1998 recording “The Quiet Glen.” “Jackson’s” is perhaps a more popular title, stemming from the recording on Frankie Gavin’s first solo album, in which it appears as the first of two tunes in a set called “Jackson’s Reels” (the second tune in the set is “Jackson’s Reel [3]”). Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 163 (appears as “Gan anim/Untitled”). Peoples (Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes), 1986; 35. Shanachie 34009, "Frankie Gavin with Alec Finn" (appears erroneously as “Jackson’s”). CCE CL-13, Tommy Peoples – “Tommy Peoples” (1976). Tommy Peoples – “The Quiet Glen.” 


T:La Cosa Mulligan

C:Tommy Peoples

S:Tommy Peoples

D:The Quiet Glen/An Gleann Ci\'uin

N:The (...) tune erroneously aquired the title "Jackson's No. 2",

N:possibly because it is of a similar genre as another reel

N:called Jackson's, which I recorded on the "High Part of the Road"

N:album. It's proper title is as above, I gave it this title as a mark of

N:respect to Mulligan Music Ltd. with whom I was briefly involved

N:in the seventies. (liner notes by Tommy Peoples)





D2FD EDFE|DEFD EA,~A,2|A,E~E2 GBed|ceAc dBAF|\


fd~d2 defd|efde fe^de|A2cA BAcB|~A2cA Bcde|\

fd~d2 defd|[c3e3]a fe^de|ceAc egec|dcce d3e:|

A3 A BAAG | FAAF GEFD | ~E3 F GFEF | Ggec dBAF |



LÁ DO DIOLAMAR AN CIOS, AN. AKA and see "The Day We Paid the Rent."


LÁ FEILE PADRAIG. AKA and see "St. Patrick's Day."


LÁ FHEILE PAIDRIC [1]. AKA and see "(St.) Patrick's Day (in the Morning)."


LÁ FHEIL PHADRAIG [2] ({St.} Patrick's Day). Irish. This tune, which appears in Stanford-Petrie, No. 1303, does not resemble the immensely popular jig "Patrick's Day (in the Morning)."


LÁ I nDIAIDH AN AONAIGH, AN (The Day after the Fair). AKA and see “The Day after the Fair.” 


LÁ ‘LE PÁDRUIG(‘S MÉ A dTIG AN TÁBHAIRNE) {On St. Patrick’s Day {When I Was in the Public House}. Irish, Slow Air (cut time). A Minor. Standard tuning. AB. Source for notated version: the manuscript of the  James Goodman (1828-1896) and Anglican cleric and collector, Cork, 1861 [Shields]. Shields (Tunes of the Munster Pipers), 1998; No. 4, pg. 6.


LÁ NA BÁISTÍ. AKA and see “The Rainy Day [3].”


LÁ NA FEISE. Irish, Slip Jig. G Major. Standard tuning. AABB'. Roche Collection, 1983, vol. 3; No. 116, pg. 36.


LA POOLE/POULE. AKA and see “Poule, La.


LA RUSSE. English, Country Dance Tune (4/4 or 2/4 time). G Major ('A' part) & D Major ('B' part). Standard tuning. AABB. The tune was originally part of a quadrille set, dating it to the 1830’s or 1840’s, although it has become an accepted single-figure set dance in itself. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; pg. 112. Kennedy (Fiddler’s Tune Book, vol. 1), 1951; No. 65, pg. 32. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; pg. 144. Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; pg. 43.


T:La Russe



N:Quadrille section


BA|G2BB B2dd|d2g2g2 fg|a2g2e2c2|e2 de dcBA|

G2BB B2dd|d2g2g2fg|e2d2d2FG|A2G2G2:|


A2|A2dd d2cB|A2aa a2gf|g2f2 g2e2|fgag f2d2|

A2dd d2 cB|A2aa a2gf|g2f2 g2e2|1 d3:|2 d2 de d=cBA||


LA VOLTA. See "Volta, La."


LA ZENDA WALTZ. AKA and see "Zenda Waltz."


LABORER’S REEL. See “Reel des Ouvriers,” “Traveller [1],” “Traveller’s Reel,” “Walker Street.”


LABOUR IN VAIN. AKA and see "Shepherd's Holiday."


LABRADOR. French-Canadian, Reel. C Major. Standard tuning. AAB. The melody is similar to "Traveler's Reel." Source for notated version: transplanted French-Canadian fiddler Omer Marcoux (Concord, N.H.) who learned the tune as a young adolescent when a man from Labrador (hence the name) stayed with the family for a few weeks and played at night with them [Miskoe & Paul]. Miskoe & Paul (Omer Marcoux), 1994; pg. 29.


LABYRINTH [1], THE. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). England, Yorkshire. G Major. Standard tuning. AABB. The melody appears also in the music copybook of Ann Winnington, c. 1810, who lived in New York City, although she may have been British and returned to England. The melody also appears in the American publication Willig’s Collection of Popular Country Dances, No. 2 (Philadelphia, c. 1812). Source for notated version: an MS collection by fiddler Lawrence Leadley, 1827-1897 (Helperby, Yorkshire) [Merryweather & Seattle]. Cahusac (Annual Collection of Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1809), 1809; No. 5. Merryweather & Seattle (The Fiddler of Helperby), 1994; No. 74, pg. 46.


T:Labyrinth, The [1]



S:Ann Winnington’s music manuscript, New York, c. 1810, No. 54.

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


GA | B2B {c}BAB | (d2c) {d}(cBc) | ({B}A2)A (Ad).c | B3 z2 d/(c/B/A/) | G2G {A}GFG |

(BA).A A2G | (FED) (DEF) | (G3 G) || Bc | d2d dcB | e2d d2B | A2A (Ad)c | B3 z2 d/(c/B/A/) |

G2G ({A}G)FG | ({B}A2)A A2G | FGA GEA | (D2D) D(.g.a) | b2b {c’}(bab) | d’2c’ {d’}c’ga |

{g}a2a  ae’c’ | b3 z2 d’/c’/b/a/ | g2g {a}gfg | ba.a a2g | (fed) (def) | (g3 g) ||


T:Labyrinth, The [1]




B:Cahusac – Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1809, No. 5 (London)

N:”With proper Directions to each Dance as they are performed at

N:Court, Bath, and all Public Assemblys.”

Z:Transcribed and edited by Flynn Titford-Mock, 2007

Z:abc’s:AK/Fiddler’s Companion

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


G/A/|B2B {c}BAB|c3 {d}cBc|A2A {B}AGA|B3 {d}cBA|G2G {A}GFG|

{B}(A3 A2)G|{G}FED DEF|(G3 G2)::B/c/|d2d {e}dcd|e2d {d}cBc|

A2A Adc|B3 {d}cBA|G2G {A}GFG|{B}(A3 A2)G|{G}FED DEF|(G3 G2):|


LABYRINTH [2], THE. AKA and see “The Ballyfin (Slide),” “Pádraig O’Keeffe’s Slide [8].” Irish, Slide (12/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning. AABB. The tune appears to be a version of “Major Mackie’s Jig,” (Kerr, c. 1880's) with the parts reversed. Source for notated version: set dance music recorded at Na Píobairí Uilleann, in the 1980’s [Taylor]. Taylor (Music for the Sets: Yellow Book), 1995; pg. 13.


T:Labyrinth, The [2]





fa2g|f3 fed g3 g2f|ecA ecA f3 f2e|dcd dcd efg e2d|…


L'ACADIEN TWO-STEP. See "La Banane a None' Adam."


LACASSINE BREAKDOWN. See "Lacassine Special."


LACASSINE SPECIAL. Cajun, Two-Step. USA, southwestern Louisiana. A Major. Standard tuning. AA(Vocal)BBAA(Vocal)BBAA(Vocal)BB. A Cajun accordion favorite. Lacassine, Louiaiana, lies thirteen miles east of Lake Charles. The name is Spanish, not French, and means small house. Related songs, according to Raymond Francois (1990), are Merlin Fontenot's "La Danse de Coulee Croche" and the "Lacassine Breakdown." Source for notated version: Iry LeJeune (La.) [Francois]. Francois (Yé Yaille Chere), 1990; pgs. 193-195. Goldband Records GB-LP7740, Iry LeJeune.


LACCAROO/LACCARUE BOYS, THE (Na Buacaillide/Buacailli Ua Leacain-Ruad). AKA and see "Adew Dundee," “Adieu Dundee,” "Bonnie Dundee [1],” “The Hearty Boys of Ballymote,” "Mary of Castlecary," "Saw Ye My Wee Thing." Irish, Double Jig. A Dorian. Standard tuning. AABB. The melody appears in Kerr's First set as a Scottish reel called "Mary of Castlecary," but in its earliest variant can be found in the 5th part of the Scottish Skene Manuscript, dating from c. 1630-1640. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; pg. 53. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1979; No. 1007, pg. 188. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1986; No. 239, pg. 54.


T:Laccarue Boys, The




S:O’Neill – Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 239

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


A/G/|EAA A>Bc|BAG B>cd|efe dge|dBG G2 A/G/|

EAA A>Bc|BAG B>cd|efe deg|e>dc/B/ A2:|

|:B/A/|GBd gab|BAG B>cd|eaa a^ga|b>ag/^f/ e2f|

gag gab|BAG B>cd|efe deg|e>dc/B/ A2:|


L’ACCROCHE-PIED.  French-Canadian,   A traditional tune in the repertoire of Idilon Mimeault, father of fiddler Yvon Mimeault (b. 1928, Mont-Louis, Gaspé). The title comes from one of Yvon’s piano accompanists, Jean Bellavance. Yvon Mimeault – “Y’ était temps!/It’s About Time.”


LACHA CROSS. AKA and see “Lackagh Cross.”


LACHAIN SA CHOIRCE, NA.  AKA and see “The Ducks in the Oats.”


LACHLAN WITH THE JET BLACK HAIR (Lachlann Dubh). Scottish, Slow Air (6/8 time). E Minor. Standard tuning. AABB'. "The editor took down this air from the singing of Mrs. Campbell, wife of the Reverend Mr. Campbell of the Inverness Royal Academy, who sings a number of Gaelic verses to it with great taste" (Fraser). Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1874; No. 115, pg. 45.


T:Lachlan with the jet black hair

T:Lachlann Dubh



R:Slow Air

S:Fraser Collection  (1874)

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


B|e>^de B>ef|g>eg f2 e/^d/|e>de Bef|g>b/a/g/ f2e|g>ab bag|b2 e/d/ B2g|

B>A/G/F/ G>A/B/A/|G2 F E2:||:e/f/|g>fe Bef|g>eg f2e|g>fe Bef|g>b/a/g/ f2e|

g>ab bag|b2 e/d/ B2g|1 B>A/G/F/ G>A/B/A/|G2F E2:|2 B>A/G/F/ G>A/B/a/|g2f e2||


LACHLANN DUBH. AKA and see "Lachlan with the Jet Black Hair".


LACH-QUADRILLE. German. The air was collected in southwestern Pennsylvania by Bayard (1981, No. 131, pg. 72; an untitled reel) from a fiddler called Moore. "For what it might be worth", he says, Moore was of German descent, the family name originally being Mohr. Boehme, No. 283, pg. 177.


LACHRYMAE. English. The melody was composed by English composer John Dowland. It appears in William Ballet's Lute Book of 1594.


LACKAGH CROSS [1]. AKA and see “The Ballinaderreen Polka,” “Ballyvournie Polka,” “Cuil Aodha.” Irish, Polka. E Dorian (‘A’ part) & D Major (‘B’ part). Standard tuning. AA’BB’. Source for notated version: accordion player Johnny O’Leary (Sliabh Luachra region of the Cork-Kerry border) [Moylan]. Moylan (Johnny O’Leary), 1994; No. 220, pg. 127. Topic 12T358, “Jackie Daly” (appears as “Ballyvournie Polka”).


LACKAGH CROSS [2]. AKA and see “Bill the Waiver’s,” “Bill the Weaver’s (Polka) [3]," “Din Tarrant’s,” “Lacha Cross,” “Walsh’s (Polka) [2].” Irish, Polka. B Minor. Standard tuning. AA’BB’. The tune appears in an obscure book called Sliabh Luachra on Parade under the title “O'Keeffe's Dream.” Mallinson (100 Polkas), 1997; No. 80, pg. 30. Denis Doody. Green Linnet SIF 1125, Patrick Street – “All in Good Time” (appears as last tune in the polka set labelled “Walshes”). 


LACKAGH CROSS [3] (Polca Chrosaire an Leacaigh).  Irish, Polka. G Major. Standard tuning. AA’BB’. See also the related hornpipe “Thadelo’s [3].” Source for notated version: Sliabh Luachra musician Art O’Keeffe, who said “Peter Murphyused to play it.” [Breathnach]. Breathnach (CRÉ V), 1999; No. 103, pg. 52.


LACKEY’S REEL (Ríl Leaici). Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard. AABB. Breathnach collected the tune from musician Tom Kearns. Breathnach (CRÉ IV), 1996: No. 144, pg. 70.


LACROIX'S WALTZ CLOG. French‑Canadian, Waltz (‑Clog). D Major. Standard tuning. AAB. The waltz-clog was a hybrid dance form which had some currency as a novelty around the turn of the 20th century. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 103, pg. 64.


LACRUM COSH. AKA and see "Ligrum Cush," "Marquis/Marquess of Granby," "Over the Water to Charlie," "Pot Stick," "Sean Buidhe/Bui," "Wishaw's Delight."


LACY BROWN. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Kentucky. A Major. AEae tuning. AABB. Jeff Titon (2001) says the tune is related to “Grey Eagle.” Source for notated version: John M. Salyer (Salyersville, Magoffin County, Ky., 1942) [Titon]. Titon (Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 77, pg. 105. Berea College Appalachian Center AC003, “John M. Salyer: Home Recordings, vol. 1, 1941-1942” (1993).





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