Johnny When You Die (2)
Back to Johnny When You Die (2)
JOHNNY WHEN YOU DIE . AKA and see "Keel Row (The)," "Lady Handwick's Reel." Irish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning. AB. The words to "Johnny When You Die" are sung to this melody as well. O'Neill (1922) remarks: "The (tune) is a variant of 'Weel may the Keel Row', a North of England song tune. It is not listed in Glen's "Analytical Table of Old Scotch Dance Tunes". As 'Jenny's Frolics' it appears in vol. 2 Paul Alday's A Pocket Volume of Airs, Duets, Songs, Marches etc., Dublin c. 1800."
Source for notated version: the Rice Walsh manuscript, a collection of music from the repertoire of Jeremiah Breen, a blind fiddler from North Kerry, notated by his student [O'Neill].
Printed sources: O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 267.
See also listing at:
Hear a recording of accordion player Bobby Gardiner's version of the tune at the Comhaltas Archive