Bloom of Youth (The)
X:1 T:Bloom of Youth, The M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:O'Neill - Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 492 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G G2 DG EGDF|G2 BG AGEF|G2 DE EGBc|dBcA BGAF| G2 DG EGDF|G2 BG AGEF|G2 DG EGDc|dBAc BG G2|| gd (3ddd edcA|BdAc BE E2|gd (3ddd edcA|dcAc BG G2| gd (3ddd edcA|BdAc BE E2|cBcd efge|dBAc BG G2||
BLOOM OF YOUTH, THE (Blat Na h-Oige). AKA and see "Tansey's Favourite (1)," "Dr. Taylor," "Downshire Reel (1) (The)," "Gardiner's Favourite (1)," "J.J. Gardiner's." Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The reel may have derived from the Scottish "Countess of Sutherland (1)" and "Glasgow Ladies Reel" (Aloys Felischmann), although it does not appear as "Bloom of Youth" in collections older than O'Neill's. O'Neill's source (as recorded in his Irish Minstrels and Musicians, 1913), Robert Lawson, inherited an exquisite set of uilleann pipes from piper (and Chicago police sergeant) James Early. The pipes had been made by a famous pipe-maker, Egan, and had belonged to a Kerry piper named 'Dan' O'Keeffe (1821-1899). Unfortunately, Lawson was not the best care-taker of the valuable instrument, as he had them stolen from him after he had been fed 'knock-out drops' in a dive in New York City's Bowery section.
An influential recording was made on 78 RPM for the Decca label by flute player John McKenna in 1934.