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X:1 T:Kitty Tyrrell [1] M:6/4 L:1/8 R:Air B:Bunting - A General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland (1796, No. 8, p. 5) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C (cA)|(G2A2).c2 (c2d2)e2|(e2c'2).b2 a4 (3abc'|{b}ag {g}fe {e}dc [E4c4]cd|e2 TfeTdc A4 {d}cA| .G2.A2.B2 c2d2e2|(c2c'2).b2 A4 (3abc'|(agfe) (dc) (c2A2) (c/d/e)|{e}[F2d2]{cd}[E2c2][E2c2] [E4G4c4]:| |:g2|(c'2b2) {d'}(c'b) a4 (bc')|d'2c'b T[c2a2]{ga}[B4g4]g/a/b|c'2 (c'b)(ag) e2 (fe)(dc)|Td2 (c/d/e) (e/d/c) A4 cA| (G2A2)c2 ~(c2d2)e2|c'4 Tb2 a4 (c'b)|(ag)~fe~dc (c2A2) c/d/e|T[G2d2]c2[E2G2c2][E4G4c4]:|]



KITTY TYRRELL [1] (Caitlín Tirial). AKA and see "Ketty Terrol" (Scots), "Kitty Tyrrel." AKA - "O blame not the bard." Irish, Air (6/4 or 3/4 time). G Major (Mulhollan, O'Farrell, Roche): A Major (Forde): E Flat Major (Gow, Manson, Pringle): C Major (Bunting, Clinton). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Forde, Roche): AAB (O'Farrell): AABB (Bunting, Gow, Hamilton, Mulhollan, O'Farrell, Pringle). The melody appears in Cooke's Selection of Twenty-one Favourite Original Irish Airs arranged for Pianoforte, Violin or Flute (Dublin, 1793), and also in Bunting's Ancient Irish Music of 1796 (the latter volume consists of 66 airs collected mostly from musicians at the Belfast Harp Festival of 1792). It also appears in O'Farrell's collection Pocket Companion for the Irish or Union Pipes, and John Mulholland's Ancient Irish Airs vol. 2 [1] (Belfast, 1810), as well as the Scottish collections of Gow and Pringle. See also the Scottish air/jig "Miss Graham’s Delight" and the generally similar (but not cognate) "Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of His Second Wife."

Thomas Moore (1779-1852) used the air for his song "O blame not the bard" ("Don't blame the bard for his songs of love rather than glory"), printed in his Irish Melodies (1828). Irish musicologist William H. Grattan Flood, in his History of Irish Music gave the title of the air as "Planxty Tyrrell," but there is nothing to substantiate it was ever otherwise called by this name. (Flood has proved erroneous or overreaching in many of his statements.) However, the air is sometimes attributed to Turlough O'Carolan [2] (1670-1738), although it does not appear in Donal O'Sullivan's masterwork on the bard, Carolan (1958). John Clinton's (1841) version of "Kitty Tyrrell", in 'C' major, is a flute setting.


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Printed sources : - Bunting (A General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland), 1796; No. 8, p. 5. Carlin (Gow Collection), 1986; No. 589. Clinton (Gems of Ireland: 200 Airs), 1841; No. 24, p. 12. William Forde (300 National Melodies of the British Isles), c. 1841; p. 1, No. 3. P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 1), 1858; No. 60, p. 25. Hughes (Gems from the Emerald Isle), c. 1860's; No. 90, p. 21. John Macpherson Mulhollan (A Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1804; p. 2. Mulholland (Ancient Irish Airs), vol. 2, 1810; p. 47. O'Farrell (Collection of National Irish Music for the Union Pipes), 1804; p. 17 (appears as "Cathleen Threel or Kitty Tyrrell"). Gow (Complete Repository, Book 2), 1802; p. 8. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1844; p. 44. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. 1); c. 1805; p. 70 (appears as "Kitty Tirrell"). Pringle (A Second Collection of Strathspeys, Reels & Jiggs &c.), c. 1805. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 1), 1912; No. 48, p. 24.






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