Boys from Scart (The)

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BOYS FROM SCART, THE (Na Buacaillí ua Scairt). Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The name Scart comes from the Irish scairt, meaning a place of bushes or thickets. There are several Scarts in Ireland, notes P.W. Joyce, "although only in the Munster counties and Kilkenny."

A version of "Boys from Scart" appears in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman as an untitled hornpipe (vol. iii, p. 169), in a variant that is quite similar (nearly identical, in parts) to "Delaware Hornpipe" printed in Boston by Oliver Ditson around 1850. Another version of the hornpipe was included in Scottish publisher James Kerr's Merry Melodies (c. 1880's) collections as "Coquette (1)". See also the Canadian version "Farmer's Reel (1)."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 168. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1574, p. 292. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 824, p. 143.

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