Killarney Wonder (4)

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X: 1 T:Killarney Wonder [4] T:Macroom Reel O:england M:C| L:1/8 S:Michael Coleman, Daly and Creagh R:schottise F: K:G DG~G2 A2ge|dBcA BGEG|DG~G2 A2ge|dBAc BGGE| DG~G2 A2ge|dBcA BGEG|DG~G2 A2ge|dBAc BGG2|| gdeg d2Bd|cABG AEE2|gdeg dgbg|agab g2ga| bgeg d2Bd|cABG AGEG|DG~G2 A2ge|dBAc BGG2||

KILLARNEY WONDER [4]. AKA and see "Farrell O'Gara's Favorite Reel," "Macroom Lasses," "Roderick," "Shannon's Favorite." Irish, Highland Fling or Schottische. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). The tune was recorded in New York in 1924 by County Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman as the first melody in a set of schottisches issued as "Killarney Wonder" on the record label. The tunes in the set are actually "Macroom Lasses" and "Finnea Lasses," but the name of the set on the influential recording has been transferred to both tunes (each of which is also referred to as "Killarney Wonder." County Sligo fiddler Paddy Killoran (1904-1965) recorded the tune in 1939 as "Shannon's Favorite" while James Morrison recorded it as "Roderick." It is one of a handful of tunes recorded by all three 78 RPM era Sligo fiddle masters: Killoran, Morrison and Coleman.

"Farell O'Gara" is also the name of a reel.

Additional notes

Recorded sources : - Columbia 33267-F (78 RPM), James Morrison (1928, as "Roderick"). Decca 12204 (78 RPM), Paddy Killoran (1939, as "Shannon's Favorite"). Gael-Linn/Viva Voce CEFCD 161, "Michael Coleman 1891-1945" (1992. Reissue recordings). IRC Records, Michael Coleman.

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's [1]
Hear Paddy Killoran's 1939 recording at the Internet Archive [2] (as "Shannon's Favorite").
Hear James Morrison's 1928 recording (as "Roderick") at the Internet Archive [3]

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