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Dennis 'Dinny' Delaney

DINNY DELANEY('S) (1). AKA and see "Hag in the Kiln (The)," "Old Hag in the Kiln (The)." Irish, Single Jig or Slide (12/8 time). D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB. Dennis "Dinny" Delaney (1836-1919) was a blind piper and character from Ballinasloe, east Galway, who recorded this tune on a wax cylinder in 1902. Delaney competed in the Feis Ceol in 1898 and was recorded on an Edison cylinder at that time as well, playing "Kid on the Mountain," "Repeal of the Union (The)" and "Woman of the House (The)" as well as "The Hag in the Kiln." Breathnach says: "Delaney it seemed was not one whit overawed by the occasion" (Ceol VIII, 1986). Captain Francis O'Neill has a sketch and photograph of Delaney that appears in his Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913, pp. 305-308):

One of the few surviving, good, old-time players of the rollicking style lives in his native town of Ballinaslie, County Galway. Robust in build and ruddy of complexion, he is one of the central figures in its life, and in its celebrated fair. Though totally blind, he is, strange to say, unsurpassed as a judge of cattle and other kinds of farm stock, and so well recognized in his skill in this respect that at fair and market his opinion is eagerly sought when trading is in progress. Stranger still is the fact that furniture moving is his principal occupation. With a table on his head, or a cupboard on his back, he can make his way safely all over town. To see him thus engaged and without a trace of timidity in his footsteps, a stranger would never suspect that he was blind.

T:Old Hag in the Kiln, The
T:Dinny Delaney's [1]
N:Parts 3 and 4 are optional.
Z:transcribed by
A2D ~D3|A2G EFG|A2D ~D3|G2A GED|
A2D ~D3|c2d e2d|dcA AGE|G2A GED:|
|:dcA AGE|c3 ABc|dcA AGE|G2A GED|
dcA AGE|c2d e2d|dcA AGE|G2A GED:|
|:A2D ~D3|A2B G2B|A2B G2A|E2E GED|
A2D ~D3|c2d e2d|dcA AGE|G2A GED:|
|:dcA AGE|c3 ABc|dcA AGE|G2A GED|
dcA AGE|c2d e2d|dcA AGE|G2A GED:||

(DINNY DELANEY'S full annotations and Past Featured Tunes)

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Although we are not trained musicologists and make no pretense to the profession, we have tried to apply such professional rigors to this Semantic Abc Web as we have internalized through our own formal and informal education.

This demands the gathering of as much information as possible about folk pieces to attempt to trace tune families, determine origins, influences and patterns of aural/oral transmittal, and to study individual and regional styles of performance.
Many musicians, like ourselves, are simply curious about titles, origins, sources and anecdotes regarding the music they play. Who, for example, can resist the urge to know where the title Blowzabella came from or what it means, or speculating on the motivations for naming a perfectly respectable tune Bloody Oul' Hag, is it Tay Ye Want?
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