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JOHN ROCHE'S FAVOURITE. AKA and see "Blue Bonnet (1)," "Frank Roche's Favourite," "Here Anna," "Here Awa'," "Lady Ann Hope (1)," "Mike Coen's Fling," "Roches Favourite," "Tiger Hornpipe," "Woodford Fling (2)." Irish, Fling or Set Dance (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The title probably honors John, the father of compiler and editor Frank Roche. The elder Roche was a dancing master of note in County Limerick and also a classically trained violinist. John Roche died in 1913, shortly after the publication of son Frank's first two volumes of traditional music. The "Woodford Fling" title comes from Jack and Fr. Charlie Coen's album "The Branch Line" (1976), where the tune is the second in a set entitled "Woodford Flings," a reference to flings played in their home town of Woodford, County Galway.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 2), 1912; No. 285, p. 35. Vallely (Companion to Irish Traditional Music), 1999; p. 320.

Recorded sources: Green Linnet GLCD 3041, Matt Molloy – "Stony Steps" (1987). RCA 5798-2-RC, "James Galway and the Chieftains in Ireland" (1986, as "Roches Favourite"). Gráinne Hambly – "Between the Showers."

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]


See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]




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