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X:1 T:George Gubbin's Delight M:C L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Slow" S:O'Neill - Music of Ireland (1903), No. 481 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Amin G/F/|EAAB c2 Ac|B{c/B/}AGB dBGA|EAAB c2d2|e^f/g/ dB B{c/B/}A A:| d|eaag e^fge|dBGB AG E2|eaag e^f^ga|bagb a2 ab| c'bag e^fge|dBgd BGGF|EAAB c2d2|e^f/g/ dB BA A2||

GEORGE GUBBIN'S DELIGHT (Taitneam Seorsi Gobain). AKA and see "Cameron House," "Humors of Schull (The)," "Highway to Limerick (The)," "Molly Gharbu," "Mullach Garb Highland (The)," "Lord Kelly," "Lord Kelly's Rant/Reel)" "Mo ceoil sibh a laochra" "Old Grey Gander (The)," "Wedding Ring (2) (The), "Wee Cup o' Tea (A)." Irish, Slow Air (4/4 time). A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. O'Neill (1903) also prints the tune as a reel, called "Highway to Limerick (The)" but it is related to a number of Scotch and Irish tunes in a large and extended tune family (e.g. see the Scottish "Captain Campbell of Carphen"). The first strain is shared with the Irish reels "Buckeen (The)," "Musical Priest" and "New Bridge of Erin (The)," and compare with both strains (reversed) of Rev. Luke Donnellan's "Devil among the Tailors (5)." See also the Irish Highland "Rough Molly."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - O'Neill obtained this tune from George Gubbins, a native of Hospital, County Limmerick, and night-jailer at the Harrison Street Police Station, where O'Neill was also stationed. Gubbins was a fiddler and played all his tunes, including dance tunes, in slow or singing time, "but as he was inclined to be unsociable on such occasions I failed to learn the name of it." O'Neill named the tune after Gubbins but later discovered a version in Joyce (1909) under the title "The Wedding Ring," collected only a few miles from where Gubbins was raised. He concluded it was a local air, and "had not penetrated beyond a limited district" (Old Irish Music, p. 80).

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 481, p. 84.

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