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X:1 T:Planxty Kelly M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Lively" B:Mulholland - Collection of Ancient Irish Music (Belfast, 1810, p. 46) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D D2D D2E|F2G A2F|A2B c2d|e2d cBA| fgf {f}e2d|d2c B2A|B2c d2B|A2G F2E| D2 d de c|{c}d2z z2D|D2D D2E|F2G A2F| A2B c2d|e2d cB A|f2f e2d|d2c B2A| B2c d2B|A2G F2E|D2z d2z|D2z d2z| f2e e2d|d2c {c}B2A|B2c d2B|A2G F2E| D2d de c|d2 z z2 z|D2d d2z|D2d d2z|f2e e2d| d2c B2A|B2c d2B|A>G F2E|D2d dec|d3 z2z||



HUGH KELLY (Pleraca Ua Ceallaig). AKA and see "Fly Not Yet," "Planxty Kelly," "Planxty O'Kelly." Irish, Planxty (6/8 time). G Major (Forde, O'Flannagan, O'Neill): A Major (Clinton): D Major (Mulholland, O'Sullivan). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Mulholland): AB (O'Flannagan, O'Sullivan): AAB (Forde): AABB (O'Neill). Composed by Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670–1738) for Hugh Kelly of Ballyforan, although whom this might be is not known as the name is so common. Donal O'Sullivan believes this Hugh Kelly was actually the son of Hugh Kelly of Ballyforan (1656–1689). Sir Thomas Moore used the melody for his song "Fly Not Yet," published in his Irish Minstrelsy, vol. 1 (1806). The air was employed by English composer Thomas Hook in his 1808 opera The Siege of St. Quentin ("What tho' 'tis true I've talked of love"). A song beginning: "When the chill sirocco blows" by William Shield for his opera Robin Hood (1784) has an initial four bars that are similar to "Hugh Kelly." The air was adapted by Thomas Moore for his song "Fly Not Yet."


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

Printed sources : - Clinton (Gems of Ireland), 1841; No. 44, p. 22 (appears as "Planxty Kelly"). Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 76, p. 65. William Forde (300 National Melodies of the British Isles), c. 1841; p. 22, No. 75. O'Flannagan (The Hibernia Collection), 1860; p. 29. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 238. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 674, p. 122. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 71, pp. 140–141.






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