Blast of Wind (A)

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BLAST OF WIND, A. AKA and see "Clout (The)," "Cock in the Heath (2)]," "Drops of Springwater," "Humors of Caledon (The)," "Humors of Westmeath," "Kiss in the Furz (1)," "Rakes of Westmeath (1) (The)." Irish, Slip Jig. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The oldest member of the tune family appears to be "Clout (The)," printed by Neale in a collection of country dances, Dublin, 1726. The tune was included by ship's fiddler William Litten in his manuscript collection of 1800-1802 under the title "Kiss in the Furz (1)". Litten was probably aboard a British armed merchantman or escort vessel on a Pacific voyage , although his manuscript was eventually brought to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, apparently by a shipmate. Litten's first strain is similar to O'Neill's although the second differs.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Huntington (William Litten's), 1977; p. 32 (appears as "Kiss in the Furz"). O'Neill (Music of Ireland, 1850), 1903; No. 1123, p. 212.

Recorded sources: Green Linnet SIF 1057, Mick Moloney (with Liz Carroll) - "There were Roses." Kells Music 9507, Dervish - "At the End of the Day" (appears as part of "Packie Duignan Set").




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