Blackbird and the Thrush (1) (The)
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BLACKBIRD AND THE THRUSH , THE (An londubh agus an ciarseach). AKA and see "Young Kate of Kilcummer." Irish, Air (3/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune, reputedly by the legendary bard and Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), is contained in Edward Bunting's General Collection of the Ancient Irish Music (1796). Bunting himself recorded the source of this air to "Charles Byrne's singing," but also states in his index that it was obtained "at Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, 1792." Words to the air are printed in O'Sullivan/Bunting, collected in 1864 in County Derry, though sung to a different tune.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Bunting (Ancient Music of Ireland), 1840; p. 3. O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 3, p. 5.
Recorded sources: Green Linnett GLCD 1087, Seamus Connolly - "Notes From My Mind" (1994). Topic 12TS381, The Battlefield Band - "At the Front" (1978).