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B:P.W. Joyce - Old Irish Folk Music and Songs, No. 452 (1909)
D/E/|FAF EGE/C/|EDD DEG|A/B/c/B/A/G/ EG/E/D/E/|C2C C2:||
E/F/|GAB c2 B/c/|d2 c/B/ ABG|A/B/c/B/A/G/ EG/E/D/E/|C>DE/C/ ECC|
c>Be/c/ A>GE/C/|EDD DEG|A/B/c/B/A/G/ EG/E/D/E/|C2C C2||
CUAN BHAILE SEÓIN (The Harbour of Ballyshone). Irish, Slow Air (6/8 time). D Dorian/C Major. AAB.
Source for notated version : - "Copied by [the collector William] Forde from a MS. lent to him by Patrick Carey a piper of the Co. Cork; who, I believe is the same as Patrick Carew whom Petrie often mentions in his 'Ancient Music of Ireland'" (Joyce). George Petrie notes the versions he gives are from "P. Carew's MS". Researcher Nicholas Carolan of the Irish Traditional Music Archive records that P. Carew (or, as collector William Forde gave his name, 'Paddy Carey') was a musically literate professional uilleann piper living in Lag Lane, St Finbarre’s parish, Cork, in the mid-1840's. The area, notes Carolan, was near a military barracks, and was the location of shebeens (illicit bars) and brothels, notorious for poverty and crime. A number of harper Turlough O'Carolan's compositions were in his repertoire, and were the object of collectors.
Printed sources : - Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 452, p. 254.
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