Dear Little Island (The)
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DEAR LITTLE ISLAND, THE (An Oileanin Dileas). AKA and see "Tempest (1) (The)," "Ap Shenkin," "Even and Odd, Like Tom with His Hod," "Mississippi, "Rogue's March (The)." Irish, March (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. A form of the tune best known as "The Tempest." Bayard (1981) dates the air from at least the early 19th century. He found the tune in Parry's The Welsh Harper (vol. 1, p. 105), with the claim that it had been "Composed by J. Parry, 1803," who complained that it had been pirated by other publishers in the British Isles and the Continent.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 3), 1859; No. 288, p. 143. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1831, p. 344.