Banks of the Suir (2)

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BANKS OF THE SUIR [2]. Irish, Slow Air (3/4 time). E Minor (G Major?). Standard tuning. AB (Ó Canainn, O'Neill, Roche); AAB (Stanford/Petrie). Flute player Kevin Crawford says the tune is linked to the Deise region of County Waterford. An early 78 RPM recording of the air was made by flute player and uilleann piper Nelius O'Cronin, who founded the Cork Volunteer Pipe Band. O'Cronin, who died in 1930, also played with piper Leo Rowsome in the All Ireland Trio, along with Seamus O Mathuna on fiddle. "Banks of the Suir [2]" was entered into the mid-19th century music manuscript of County Cork uilleann piper and Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman [1] (p. 106).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Ó Canainn (Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland), 1995; No. 35, p. 34. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 517, pg. 90. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music vol. 1), 1912; p. 10, #12. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; Nos. 802 & 803, p. 200.

Recorded sources: Green Linnet GLCD 1211, Kevin Crawford - "In Good Company" (2001). Parlophone E3615, Nelius O'Cronin (78 RPM).




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