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X:1 T:Head of Curls T:Cúl na Lúb M:C L:1/8 R:Slow Air B:Joyce - Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909, No. 620) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F F>D|C>DF>G A>GF>G|Acde f2 cA|{B}A2 (3GFG F2 A>G| {G}F2D2D2 F>D|C>DF>G A>GF>G|Acde f3d|cAGF G2A2| ~G2F2F2||F>G|Acde f3g|fedc d2A2|cAGF F2 GA| F2D2D2 F>D|CDFG AGFG|Acde f3d|cAGF G2 {F/G/}A2|~G2 F2F2||

HEAD OF CURLS (Cúl na Lúb). Irish, Slow Air (4/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Hugh O'Beirne, professional piper[1] from Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, 1846, via (Irish collector) Forde (Joyce).

Printed sources : - Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 620, p. 318.

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  1. P.W. Joyce concluded that O'Beirne had been a fiddler in his Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909, p. 296). However, William Forde, the only collector who had direct contact with O'Beirne, wrote in a letter to John Windele of Cork, dated Sept. 21, 1846, that he had obtained over 150 airs from a piper, Huge Beirne. Forde was seeking to supplement his collection with music from Connaught and the north, and was glad to make the musician's acquaintance, staying on in Ballinamore longer than he originally planned. He also found O'Beirne in poor health in the time of Great Famine, writing "Stirabout and bad potatoes were working fatally on a sinking frame," and aided the piper by improving his diet ("but a mutton chap twice a day has changed Hugh's face wonderfully").