Centenary March (The)

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CENTENARY MARCH, THE. AKA and see "St. Patrick's," "St. Patrick's March." Irish, March (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB: AABB (Barber). Sean Maguire's recording of the melody helped to popularize this tune for Ceili band sessions, although it was recorded some eight years prior by the Gallowglass Ceili Band[1]. However, it apparently was composed by one Arthur Kearney from Drumquin, County Tyrone, according to his grand-daughter Emma O'Neill, to commemorate the Christian Brothers having been in Omagh for 100 years. The march has become quite popular with East Anglia trad. musicians as well as elsewhere in Britain, according to Barry Callaghan (2007). The 'A' part has melodic similarities to that of "Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (1)," "Comhra Donn (An)" and "Caledonian March," and can be found in the British Isles and North America as well as Ireland.


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Printed sources : - Barber (Nick Barber's English Choice), 2002; No. 15, p. 11. Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 31. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 2, p. 103 (appears as "St. Patrick's March"). O'Brien (The Golden Eagle). Sullivan (Dublin Banjos).

Recorded sources : - DMPCD0203, Nick & Mary Barber with Huw Jones - "Bonnie Kate." Old Hat Music OH!02, "Old Hat Dance Band" (1992). Outlet OLP 1001, Tom McHaile (1969). Outlet SOLP 1031, Sean Maguire (1977). Tradition 2090, Gallowglass Ceili Band - "Irish Night" (1969).

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]
Hear the Gallowglass Ceili Band's 1969 recording at youtube.com [3]



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  1. A commercially successful touring and recording group formed in Naas, Co. Kildare in 1950.
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