The Mason’s Apron is a traditional Irish reel, also known as Braes Of Glenorchy, Isla, Lowrie Tarrell, and Mason Laddie. Originally an eighteenth century English tune, it has long been popular in Ireland and appears to have been first recorded by New York accordion player John J. Kimmel in 1915. The earliest published version is found in Riley's Flute Melodies Vol 2 (New York : 1814 -1830), compiled by Edward Riley (1769-1829).
The reel rhythm is 4/4that is, four quarter notes in every bar: ONE-two-three-four, ONE-two-three-fourusually composed of a mixture of quarter notes and eighth notes. In recent years The Mason’s Apron has been variously recorded in a melodic new-age style, as a hard-driving dance piece and with a jazz influence.
There is nothing masonic about the music itself and, unfortunately, nothing is known of its early history that could identify it with Freemasonry. If it was in fact composed by a freemason, or intended to commemorate a masonic event, no clue remains.
Key signature : Amajor|
T: Mason's Apron, The
|:e2|aAA2 ABAF|EFAc dcBA|dBB2 BcBA|Bcde fefg|
aAA2 ABAF|EFAc dcBA|dcde fefa|A2 cB A2:|
|:ed|cAeA fAeA|cAeA fedc|dBfB aBfB|defg afed|
cAeA fAeA|EFAc dcBA|d2dc defa|A2 cB A2:|
|:ed|ceee feee|ceee fedc|dfff afff|dfff agfe|
ceee feee|EFAc dcBA|dcde fefa|A2 cB A2:|
|:e2|aeee aeee|aege feee|beee beee|beae gefg|
aeee aeee|aege feee|dcde fefa|A2 cB A2:|
|ed|c2Ac eAce|AceA cecA|d2 Ad fAdf|AdfA dfed|
c2Ac eAce|AceA cecA|d2dc defa|A2 cB A2:|
Source : www.thesession.org (2006/10/14)
Title : Masons Apron (t)|
Number : D5.335
Short Title : Riley Flute 2, 1817
Page : 91
Key Signature : FU#
Time Signature : C
Do : G
Incipit : //5111/1216-//5-6-12/321//4222/2321
Stress Notes : 515342
Intervals : -5,2,-2,-3,-2,2,3,2,2,-2,-2,4,-3,2,-2,-2,
Date : [1817-1820]
Instruments : Flute
Country : America
Genre : American Imprints
Source : www.colonialdancing.org (2006/10/14)
Also see : Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA. Wolfe 7490 Repr Da Capo, 1973.