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BERKSHIRE HEIGHTS, THE (Arda Berkshire). AKA and see "Freddy/Fred Finn's (1)," "Molly What Ails You?" "You’re Right My Love." Irish, Reel. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. The original name for the tune now known popularly as "Fred Finn's," maintain Breandan Breathnach and Bernard Flaherty (Trip to Sligo) in their respective publications. Berkshire is a Old English name meaning "the hilly wood," although Matthews (1972) thinks the root is the Celtic word bearroc (meaning 'hilly') adopted by the Saxons when they conquored Britain. "Fred Finn's (1)" and "Fisherman's Lilt (1)" are related tunes.

Source for notated version: whistle player Jimmie McGettrick, 1967 (Co. Sligo, Ireland) [Breathnach].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRE II), 1976; No. 257, p. 133.

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