This popular traditional jig is named after Sligo-born,
Irish-American fiddler James Morrison, who recorded it
in the 1930s. Tom Carmody, who played accordion in
Morrison's band, tells this story of its origin:
Jim was up at my house the night before we were to go
to the studio, and I played him this jig. Jim asked me
where I had got it from and I told him it was my
father's jig called “The Stick Across the Hob”. Jim
asked me to play it again and he wrote it down as I
played, then he got the fiddle and played it off. “I
will put that on record tomorrow”, he said, and we'll
call it “Maurice Carmody's Favourite”.
Although originally written for Folk Instruments, I
created this short arrangement for Solo Acoustic Piano.