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ISABEL FALSEY (False Isabel). AKA - "Isbel Falsey." Irish/English, Air (4/4 time). Ireland/England, Isle of Man. E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Samuel Bayard (in his article "A Miscellany of Tune Notes," Studies in Folklore, p. 170) finds this tune in diverse nationalities. It was collected by Karpeles and Sharp in America as "Golden Glove (The)" (English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, I 377–78, 424 f.), and appears in John Thomas’ Cambrian Minstrel (1845, p. 173), collected in Wales with the title "As I came home." Moffat prints it in his Minstrelsy of Ireland (1897, 4th ed., p. 351) as "Isabel Falsey" (copied from The Mona Melodies, an 1820 collection of airs from the Isle of Man) and Alexander Campbell gives it as "Wilzham Wallas' March" in his Ediburgh-published Albyn's Anthology (II, 1818, 72). Finally, Bayard finds two versions from the Continent in Van Duyse's Oude Nederlandsche Leid (I, 1903, pp. 185 and 187); one a Dutch song tune from a late 18th century manuscript and the other a Flemish version first published in 1879.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: The Mona Melodies, 1820. Alfred Moffat (The Minstrelsy of Ireland), 1898; p. 351. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 718, p. 180.

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