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HUMORS OF CASTLE BERNARD, THE (Sugra Caislean-Bernaird). AKA and see "Bernado's Favorite." Irish, Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A close relative of this tune is the Donegal hornpipe "Joe Cassidy's Hornpipe." Some similarities to "High Level Hornpipe (1)." There are two Castle Bernards in Ireland, points out Séamus Connolly. One, in County Cork, was the seat of the O'Mahony Clan, formerly known as Castle Mahon. The second was in County Offaly, home of the sixth Lord Decies, and was also known as Kinnitty Castle. The tune was recorded on 78 RPM in the 1930's by the Dublin Metropolitan Garda Céilí Band, and a few decades later by the Gallowglass Céilí Band (All-Ireland Champions in 1953, 1954, and 1955).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Connolly & Martin (Forget Me Not), 2002; pp. 44-45. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 214. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1770, p. 330. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 935, p. 160.

Recorded sources: Cló Iar Chonnachta CICD 165, John Wynne & John McEvoy - "Pride of the West" (2007).

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]
Hear the Garda Céilí Band playing the tune in 1999 at the Comhaltas Archive [3]




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