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GERALD DILLON. AKA - "Planxty Dillon." Irish, Planxty (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) in honor of Captain Gerald Dillon (d. 1720) of Mannin, near Ballyhaunis, County Mayo. Dillon was the father of Fanny Dillon who married James Betagh, for whom the bard also composed pieces.
Source for notated version: Edward Bunting, General Collection of Ancient Irish Music (Dubin, 1796) [O'Sullivan].
Printed sources: Bunting (General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland), 1796; No. 66, p. 36. Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1985; No. 36, p. 44. Levey (Dance Music of Ireland, 2nd Collection), 1873; No. 83, p. 37 (as "Planxty Dillon"). O’Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 36.