O'Neill Cylinders: 25 - 32

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Cylinders 25 - 32

Dan Curley

2:37 James Early


Tune Type: Air

This air is possibly the melody of a song about the Dan Curley who was a member of the nineteenth-century nationalist organisation known as The Invincibles. Curley was executed for his part in the murder in 1882 in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, of high-ranking British officials.

Banish Misfortune

2:38 Edward Cronin


Tune Type: Jig
ON 1903, # 776 (where it was notated from Cronin, who is also the performer here); ON 1907, # 53.

This is a masterly performance by Cronin, in a rich style that might once have been common throughout Munster.

This is one of the instances where we can match a notation in O’Neill with a sound recording of the same tune being played by the performer who contributed it.

Bean Dubh an Ghleanna

2:26 Patsy Touhey


Tune Type: Air
ON 1903, # 6 (where it was notated from Touhey, who is also the performer here), as "The Dark Woman of the Glen."

Touhey was brought to the United States as a small child, and spent his entire life there. Despite this, he announces the title of this air in the Irish language with a very authentic accent. The melody played here is that generally known today as "The Death of Staker Wallace" or "The Lament for Staker Wallace." A different melody is used today for the love song "Bean Dubh an Ghleanna."

This is one of the instances where we can match a notation in O’Neill with a sound recording of the same tune being played by the performer who contributed it.

Rodneys Glory & The Humors of Bandon

2:22 Patsy Touhey


Tune Type: Set Dances
Rodney’s Glory: ON 1903, # 1784; ON 1907, # 958.

The Humors of Bandon: ON 1903, # 786 (as a double jig); ON 1907, # 977 (as a long dance / set dance)

The Blackbird

2:29 Patsy Touhey


Tune Type: Air
ON 1903, # 201, as "The Blackbird — 3rd Setting. "

O’Neill gives three settings of this air; of these, the third is the nearest to that performed by Touhey here. For a performance of this tune as a long dance / set dance, see Cylinder 17.

The Swallows Tail

2:16 John McFadden


Tune Type: Reel
ON 1903, # 1268; ON 1907, # 536.

The Pigeon on the Gate

2:23 Patsy Touhey


Tune Type: Reel
ON 1903, # 1406; ON 1907, # 648.

This tune is given in O’Neill’s collections with the note A as its tonic; Touhey plays it here with tonic note E. Touhey’s version of this tune was known to, and highly valued by, the members of the pipers’ club in Dublin, an organization that was flourishing at the time these cylinder recordings were made.

Saddle the Pony

2:16 James Early


Tune Type: Jig
ON, # 719, as "East at Glandart;" ON 1907, # 19, as "Humors of Glendart," with "East at Glendart" supplied as an alternative title. This is not the tune generally known today as "Saddle the Pony."

Cylinders 25 - 32

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Abbreviations:


RMC = Ryan's Mammoth Collection, edited by William Bradbury Ryan (Boston, 1883)

SP = The Complete Collection of Irish Music as Noted by George Petrie (1789—1866), edited by Charles Villiers Stanford (1903)

Kerr 4 = Kerr’s Fourth Collection of Merry Melodies for the Violin (Glasgow, date unknown)

ON 1903 = O’Neill’s Music of Ireland, edited by Francis O’Neill (Chicago, 1903)

ON 1907 = 1001 Gems – The Dance Music of Ireland, edited by Francis O’Neill (Chicago, 1907)

ON 1915 = O’Neill’s Irish Music — 400 Choice Selections, edited by Francis O’Neill (Chicago, 1915)

ON 1922 = Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, 2nd edition, edited by Francis O’Neill (Chicago, 1922)

PPT = The Piping of Patsy Touhey, edited by Pat Mitchell & Jackie Small (Dublin, 1986)

 

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