Farewell to Gurteen

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FAREWELL TO GURTEEN. Irish, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Gurteen is a village in County Sligo. One of the six tunes attributed to Jackie Coleman (according to Stephen Jardine's Thesis, "A Study of the Composition of Tunes and Their Assimilation Into Irish Traditional Dance Music"). Coleman (1928-2001) was a flute and whistle player born in Sheffield, England, to parents from near Gurteen, County Sligo. The family apparently moved back to Gurteen in 1933, moved again to England in 1947, and back once more to Gurteen in 1967. Jackie was distantly related to famed fiddler Michael Coleman, and was accomplished on both flute and fiddle. See also the closely related "Humors of Drinagh (1) (The)."

Source for notated version: flute and whistle player Noel Tansey (b. 1940, Cuilmore, County Sligo) [Flaherty].

Printed sources: Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland), 1976, vol. 3; No. 53. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 94 (appears as "Unknown").

Recorded sources: Leader Records, "Seamus Tansey with Eddie Corcoran."

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]




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