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X:1 T:Kitty Alone M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air B:Joyce - Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Ador E2A A2B|c2d e3|d2B G2B|d2B A2G| E2A A2B|B2d e2d|e2a a2g|a3 a2g| e2f g2a|g2e g3|a2e ede|d2B G3| E2A A2B|c2d e3|d2B G2B|A3-A3||

KITTY ALONE. AKA and see "As I Walked on the Road to Sligo," "Paddy Brown." Irish, Air (6/8 time). A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. P.W. Joyce printed two variants of the tune, as "Kitty Alone" and "As I Walked on the Road to Sligo," while George Petrie collected a version from Patrick Carew's[1] mss. as "Paddy Brown."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - George Sinclair, Cork [Joyce].

Printed sources : - Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 660, p. 331 and No. 123, p. 62. Petrie-Stanford (Complete Collection), 1903-06; No. 446 (appears as “Paddy Brown”).

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  1. Researcher Nicholas Carolan of the Irish Traditional Music Archive records that P. Carew (or, as collector William Forde gave his name, 'Paddy Carey') was a musically literate professional uilleann piper living in Lag Lane, St Finbarre’s parish, Cork, in the mid-1840's. The area, notes Carolan, was near a military barracks, and was the location of shebeens (illicit bars) and brothels, notorious for poverty and crime. A number of harper Turlough O'Carolan's compositions were in his repertoire, and were the object of collectors.