Donnybrook Fair (1)

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DONNYBROOK FAIR [1]. AKA and see "Boys from the Lough (The)," "Corovoth Jig," "Humors of Donnybrook (3)," "Joy of My Life (The)," "Joys of My Life (The)," "Joys of Youth (2) (The)," "Oh! Irishmen Never Forget," "Our Own Little Isle." Irish, Double Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Roche): AABB' (Mallinson, McDermott, Perlman, Tubridy). O'Neill prints the tune as "Joy of My Life." It was recorded fairly often in the 78 RPM era, according to Philippe Varlet, and is now considered something of a 'beginner's tune', and thus not often heard on modern recordings. It may have migrated to Prince Edward Island through the 78 records.

Source for notated version: Kevin Chaisson (b. 1950, Bear River, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].

Printed sources: Cotter (Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Tutor), 1989; p. 47. Giblin (Collection of Traditional Irish Dance Music), 1928; No. 87. Mallinson (100 Essential), 1995; No. 93, p. 40. McDermott (Allan's Irish Fiddler), c. 1920's; No. 4, p. 2. O'Brien (Jerry O'Brien's Accordion Instructor), 1949. O'Neill (1915 ed.), 1987; No. 138 (appears as "Joy of My Life"). Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 129. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 1), 1912; p. 42, No. 95. Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, vol. 1), 1999; p. 35.

Recorded sources: Bobby Casey - "Taking Flight." James Keane - "Roll Away the Reel World."

See also listings at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings [2]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index [3]




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