I'm the Boy for Bewitching Them
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I'M THE BOY FOR BEWITCHING THEM ("Is Misi An Buacaill Do Meallfad Iad" or "Is Misi an Buacaill Le na Meallad"). AKA - "I was the boy for bewitching them." AKA and see "Blithsome Bridal," "Come Fy Lets A' to the Bridal," "Come to the Bridal," "Kirk (The)," "Let Us Waa to the Wedding." "Jolly Pedlar's (4) (The)." Irish, Air and Slip Jig (9/8 time). G Major (O'Neill): F Major (Howe): E Flat Major (O'Flannagan). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (O'Neill): AABA (O'Flannagan). The tune appeared in John Clinton's (1809-1864) volume for the flute, Gems of Ireland: 200 Airs, published in 1841 in London, in P.H. Hughes' London publication Gems of the Emerald Isle and, at about the same time as Hughes in the 1860's, in Boston publisher Elias Howe's 1,000 Jigs and Reels.
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Printed sources: Clinton (Gems of Ireland: 200 Airs), 1841; No. 5, p. 3. Crosby (The Irish Musical Repository), London, c. 1808; p. 49. P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs, vol. 1), New York, 1858; No. 7, p. 3. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 114. P.H. Hughes (Gems from the Emerald Isles), c. 1860's; No. 68, p. 16. O'Flannagan (The Hibernia Collection), 1860; p. 36. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 84. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1151, p. 217. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 432, p. 85. O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), No. 212.
Recorded sources: Green Linnett GLCD 1087, Seamus Connolly - "Notes From My Mind" (1988).