I am a young little boy
X:1 T:I am a young little boy T:Is Buachaillín Beag Óg Me M:C L:1/8 R:Air S:Hugh O'Beirne, 1846, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, via William Forde B:Joyce - Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909, No. 628) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F F>G|A2 AF G2 Ac|dF FD CDFG|A2G2 GAGF|F6:| |:c2|f2 ef d2 ef|gfed c2 Ac|dcAF G2 Ac|d3 e f2 FG| A2 AF G2 Ac|dFFD CDFG|A2F2 GAGF|F6||
I AM A YOUNG LITTLE BOY (Is Buachaillín Beag Óg Me). Irish, Air (4/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "A song on leaving home" (Joyce).
- P.W. Joyce concluded that O'Beirne had been a fiddler in his Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909, p. 296). However, William Forde, the only collector who had direct contact with O'Beirne, wrote in a letter to John Windele of Cork, dated Sept. 21, 1846, that he had obtained over 150 airs from a piper, Huge Beirne. Forde was seeking to supplement his collection with music from Connaught and the north, and was glad to make the musician's acquaintance, staying on in Ballinamore longer than he originally planned. He also found O'Beirne in poor health in the time of Great Famine, writing "Stirabout and bad potatoes were working fatally on a sinking frame," and aided the piper by improving his diet ("but a mutton chop twice a day has changed Hugh's face wonderfully").