I Won't Be a Nun (1)

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I WON'T BE A NUN (Ni Mait Liom Beid Beanriagalta). AKA and see "Officer on Guard (The)/Officer of the Guard (The)," "Governor Taylor's March," "O'Sullivan the Great." Irish, March (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. The complete title is “I’ll Go and I’ll Marry and I Won’t be a Nun,” from a Victorian era song set to an older melody. As "Letter that He Longed For Never Came (The)", it was recorded by County Cork singer Elizabeth Cronin (1879-1956). Pipers recorded it under O'Neill's title, "I Won't Be a Nun", as by Patsy Touhey on a cylindar by Capt. Francis O'Neill, and by Seamus Ennis as "O'Sullivan the Great".

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Mitchell & Small (Piping of Patsy Touhey), 1986. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1813, p. 340.

Recorded sources: Tara 100029, Seamus Ennis - "The Best Of Irish Piping." Topic Records, - “Leo Rowsome, vol. 2” (1977). Folktrax FTX160, Elizabeth Cronin - "Cucanandy-Nandy" (1981. Recorded early 1950's)."

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Dunn Family Collection (O'Neill cylindars) [2]




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