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HONORABLE THOMAS BURKE. AKA - "Thomas Burk/Burke." Irish, Air or Planxty (2/4 time). G Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). The melody was reconstructed by O'Sullivan from Mulholland and John Lee's publications, where it was incorrect in each instance. The Hon. Thomas Burke (d. 1763) was the third surviving son of the 9th Earl of Clanricard, according to O'Sullivan (1958). O'Carolan also wrote a tune for his sister ("Lady Laetitia Burke").

Source for notated version: John Mulholland's Collection of Ancient Irish Airs (Belfast, 1810) [O'Sullivan].

Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 11, p. 31. Neal (Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes), 1724; p. 4. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 11, p. 109.

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