Banks of Banna (The)

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BANKS OF BANNA. AKA and see "When Through Life Unblest We Roam," "Molly Asthore," "Shepherds I Have Lost My Love," "Had I a Heart for Falsehood Framed," "Oh! Nevermore." Irish, Air (4/4 time). C Major (O'Neill): D Major (Haverty): E Flat Major (Clinton). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. An air very popular in the 18th century, according to George Moffat, to which Thomas Moore set "When thro' life unblest we rove" and George Ogle set "Shepherds I have lost my love." Alfred Moffat finds the 'Banna' melody "merely an adaptation" of an older Irish air, "Sín síos agus suas liom" (Down beside me), published in Daniel Wright's Aria di Camera (c. 1730, for which see "Sheen Sheesh igus Souse lum") {Thomas Moore, 1779-1852, also wrote a song to this latter air, called "Oh where is the slave" or "Where's the slave so lowly"}. See also note for "Down Beside Me."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Clinton (Gems of Ireland: 200 Airs), 1841; No. 78, p. 39. Flannagan (The Hibernia Collection), 1860; p. 7. P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 3), 1859; No. 230, p. 112. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 128, p. 23.

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